Zack West

Hiraeth

Hiraeth is an in-depth view of our sentimental attachment to objects, and specifically focuses on students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time. My project utilises both photography and scannography alongside a brief statement provided by each subject to create a comprehensive look into these persons and the role that these items play in their lives. Hiraeth started, in earnest, before I moved to university myself, after a brief conversation with my nanna in which she handed me a keepsake that she said would always remind me that home was only a phone call away—something that provided me with a sense of comfort in what was a nerve-racking time. My project aims to form an understanding of the link between people and objects whist also looking at the specificity and materiality of each memento itself.

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