Rooms full of objects

I was really struck by a citation from bel hook’s essay An Aesthetic of Blackness: Strange and Oppositional:

This is the story of a house. It has been lived in by many people. Our grandmother, Baba, made this house a living space. She was certain that the way we lived was shaped by objects, the way we looked at them, the way they were placed around us. She was certain that we were shaped by space. [ … ] Her house is a place where I am learning to look at things, where I am learning how to belong in space. In rooms full of objects, crowded with things, I am learning to recognise myself.

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