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Home Is Not A Place

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As soon as feelings of anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, disappointment or discomfort enter the scene, it tells me that my spirit may be trying to communicate with me. Objects from his multicultural working-class home in Sheffield – family recordings from VHS tapes, furniture, ornaments and collections of books – are treated as relics.

Sometimes home is solitude, other times it is the need for the noises that can drown out our thoughts — strange noises, familiar noises. Late last year, I spent sometime in the United States of America, during that time, I went to Puerto Rico for a weekend.

Sometimes home is just knowing we are loved, and we have loved, and other times it is fighting for love. He has presented on MTV, BBC and ITV1, and his broadcasting includes a BBC Radio 4 documentary exploring Black identity through the music of his father who was a member of the Northern Soul group, The Fantastics.

In the exhibition and accompanying book Robinson's poetry sits alongside Pitts' images from around the country.Travelling in a red Mini Cooper, Pitts and Robinson’s circumnavigation encompassed the coastal, urban, rural and suburban, via the places in-between. Travelling in a red Mini Cooper, the two men traced the British coast line and dipped into urban, rural and suburban Britain. Product arrived matching the specifications I requested but also matched the photographs and item description. As a photographer, Johny has had work published by Cafe Royal Books and produced essays for the Guardian, The New York Times, Artangel and Arts Council England.

Home is the friendships we forge, the people we can count on, the people we know love us as we are, the people who keep loving and accepting us even when we mess up. Robinson's words are as careful as they are masterful ; Pitt's casual gaze is warm and conversational. Home Is Not a Place is the spectacular result of the journey they documented: a free-form composition of photography, poetry and essays that offers a book-length reflection upon Black Britishness – its complexity, strength and resilience – at the start of a new decade. For while roots are important and comforting, they do not always represent home, we aren’t meant to be rooted, we are not trees. Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares in your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss.

The structures we often find ourselves in when we are “at home” aren’t what make home home, it’s how we feel when we are there that make it so.

He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records. A journey around the UK coast with a poet and a photographer has produced a beautiful and in depth meditation on Black Britishness. They travelled to document and respond to the many manifestations of black British culture, and to present an alternative to media narratives.And while you may long for it when you’re away, you long only for elements of it, you long for the way you feel at or in it. The exhibition Home is Not a Place presents Pitts’ photographs from this journey within an installation divided into two parts for Stills’ gallery space. Home is a reminder to smile, a reminder that there may be turmoil in the world, but you have a peace in you, and so you have a home.

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