In this post, photographer Tara Kocourek relays her experiences as an artist traveling abroad, speaking compellingly on the ability of art to broaden horizons and connect people across borders. Here are a few excerpts:
“I head back to Southeast Asia next week. I had lived there for four years (my mother is Thai), completing all of high school there. Each year brought unique experiences that ultimately laid the brickwork for who I am today. It was my first time living in a developing country, and my most vivid memory is of the crazy flooding during the first 3 months living there. Sitting in a friend’s car, I remember we literally floated from block to block. The sight of people wading across the road in waist-high waters was incredible especially as we sat inside the car, protected and removed from the situation. It was an exciting way to get a first taste of how life would be, and how radically my life and outlook would change in just four years. I arrived in Thailand as a foreigner watching from the outside, and left feeling as part of the culture and that I had finally found home…….This trip, I want to create photographs that describe how it feels to be lost in a home that doesn’t exist outside my memories.”
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Image by Tara Kocourek