Traces of Traces
Brain drain refers to the emigration of intelligent, well-educated individuals for better financial or socio-political conditions. In 2006, the International Monetary Fund ranked Iran “first in brain drain among 61 developing and less developed countries.” This phenomenon originally accelerated due to 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Nowadays, graduates from top-ranked Iranian universities inevitably face the question: to leave or to stay. Statistics has already shown their choice. As a result, many families face the loss of the physical presence of their beloved ones. While most of them will never come back, their homeland rooms remain intact. These rooms function as a sacred place for other family members and serve as a glimmer of hope that the owners may someday return. Remnants in these rooms are traces of lives left behind in order to seek another one.