Thesis Abstract:

Is it our nature as bounded individuals to confine the notion of home within fixture, within permanance? Or is it within our need to fit into the stencil of homogeneous urban living that we fail to recognise home as a possibility within mobility? Can home really be found in movement, or is it just a romanticised perspective that we attempt to create to escape our urban understanding of home that lies within the house, within concrete and settlement. This project, hence aims at discovering home through the homebounds, an exploration of this idea through three stories of migration: Sand, Skin & Sky.

The idea of home is one which is so universal, and yet so subjective. It’s something that we try to realise at various points in our lives. We try to define it, romanticise it, and often put it in boxes, within structures, in houses. Our meaning of home can fall into either of three categories: the homeful, the homeless and the homebound. Home, as most of us view it, is perceived to have permanence and stability to it — it is a point of fixture. The idea of home and movement often don’t go hand in hand. Those who are constantly on the move are often viewed as threats. They are believed to be wanderers with no social frameworks in place. This fear and sense of threat often comes from the fact living; their movement is central to their story of freedom, and their stories and experiences are more liberating than terrifying. This is why the homebound — those who were in movement, in search for a sense of home and belonging, interested me the most.

Credit- Nishita Chheda – Class of 2018

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