“Longing & Belonging” explores the meaning of home. My work includes a thesis, a photo-book and a homely bus shelter. It is based on a distinction of home within the German language.
The German language contains two words for ‘home’. ‘Zuhause’ is the place where one lives and goes ‘home’ to. ‘Heimat’ does not necessarily refer to a physical place but the yearning for a deep-rooted feeling of connection and trust. It is a feeling that relates to the familiar landscape of an area, to ones family or to a special person, sound or smell. While the sense of ‘Heimat’ is evoked by memories and nostalgia, thus experienced passively, creating a ‘Zuhause’ can be regarded as the act of dwelling and the construction of a warm, sheltered place where one belongs to and finds comfort and peace. ‘Longing & Belonging’ is about delving into those two physical and emotional places one calls ‘home’.