Home Back Home is a prototyping initiative for the analysis, monitoring, and treatment of new domestic models emerging from contexts of economic collapse. This project specifically interrogates the return to the childhood family residence of young professionals aged from 25 to 40 in a process including the re-habitation of childhood rooms filled with obsolete belongings and mementos.
Emancipation has been conventionally understood as a linear sequence, unambiguously aligning with the strengthening of personal autonomy, in a progression which includes: training, working, abandoning the family home, and, lastly, creating a new family. Yet, in contexts of economic resource deprivation, the abandonment of the family home has ceased to be irreversible and, quite frequently, has become impossible in the first instance. Furthermore, the rupture of socially-accepted biographical options has displaced success in the traditional progression as a marker of the transition to adulthood, no longer validating these personal choices as necessary in the constitution of one’s own personal biography.