To Inhabit, To Build, To Die. A Visual Essay

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This visual essay explores the boundaries between a woman and her house as they approach the culmination of over seven decades together, navigating through her impending death. From an exhaustive photographic record and the familiarity that comes from having lived in the place for several years, I aim to depict the adaptative process between both entities during this final period, markedly defined by the woman’s deterioration and illness. Accordingly, a selection of contemporary photographs of different rooms and objects within the house is juxtaposed with a narration detailing some of the most significant moments in the woman´s history and that of her house. The results show the reconfiguration of boundaries between the house and the woman, reflecting the decrease in physical and cognitive capacities intrinsic to ageing. Simultaneously, it unveils how the woman´s retreat from the home (or vice versa) introduces a cadre of new human and non-human agents, negotiating new accommodations.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalHome Cultures
Early online date3 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Apr 2024


  • Homemaking
  • accommodation
  • agency
  • death
  • extended self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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