(b. 1997, Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works in New York, NY)
Video, sound, 7:22 min. Best viewed in full-screen.
Cambria Kelley produced her video piece, Homebound, as Covid-19 exploded in her New York neighborhood in March 2020. “It offers a critical commentary of home, class, and memory based on the poetic uses of absence.” Kelley uses Google maps to trace, to sail above, to try to locate her childhood home in Gardena, California. She juxtaposes this with an educational “family management” video from affluent 1940s America. Cuts are abrupt, collisions direct, gaps frequent. The piece, she says, toggles “between the influences of technological surveillance and media representations of what ‘home’ is.” Kelley’s title reflects wry humor and sharp-edged sensibility. Does Homebound mean she is trapped at home? Or, does it signal that, against considerable odds, she is heading for home, bound for home (if so, where is home)?