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Self published, 2015. In NOSTOS, Huang uses the lens of photographing her two grandmothers, both of whom reside in Shanghai hospices, in conjunction with an extended essay-poem to better understand the different ways her nostalgia manifests and her complex relationship with Shanghai as an individual of diaspora.
The book looks at nostalgia specifically not as a yearning for home, but a yearning for a lost sense of feeling at home. It follows a lineage of image-text hybrid art practices and examines the significance of conveying meaning through both synergistically. It studies the psychoanalytic process of transforming loss into object, or absence into presence, ultimately using the object as a lens to view oneself.