Museum in People’s Homes
Based on the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, Joshua Sofaer presented a tour of objects from a portable museum. Using a variety of materials and processes, objects which sometimes have little to no monetary value were transformed into ‘museum standard’ artefacts, worthy of the high value we should place on people, their stories and personal collections.
This project had impact of people’s homes and their attitudes to their lives. Participants spoke about a feeling of belonging and community even though they never met any other participants from the project. Participants spoke about feeling truly part of the ‘making with’ process and being able to see their own self reflected back at them in a more creative and positive way. The interviews also brought up the question of payment – and how monetary transactions can effect participants’ autonomy.