Mother holds infant baby daughter yard foreclosed home foreclosure crisis poor black neighborhood Atlanta Georgia Paul Moakley
Mother holds infant baby daughter yard foreclosed home foreclosure crisis poor black neighborhood Atlanta Georgia Paul Moakley

Photo editor Paul Moakley asked me to be a part of his photography show called “Foreclosed – Documents from the American Housing Crisis.” I have two piece in this group show about the foreclosure crisis at the Alice Austin House. The show opens to the public on March 28, and runs till June 8. We will host an opening reception on May 5th from 2-6. All are welcome.

The exhibition includes photography by:

Bruce Gilden
Lauren Greenfield
Todd Hido (not confirmed)
Imara Moore
John Moore
John Francis Peters
T.J. Proechel
Brian Shumway
Brian Ulrich
Guillaume Zuili

The show examines how artists and documentarians are using photography to record the aftermath of the housing bubble, from its beginning in 2006 to the dramatic effects it still has on the American Landscape today. The collection depicts the ruins of rich and poor neighborhoods, as well as families affected by the downturn in the economy, and raises questions about the American Dream of owning a home and what that now means.

The exhibition’s setting at the Alice Austen House, on Staten Island, provides a unique environment for the instillation. Most people remember Alice Austen as a wealthy, turn of the century photographer, who lived an idyllic life as a socialite. Yet during the Great Depression, she lost her fortune, which eventually led to the foreclosure of her family home. It now stands as a museum in her name. After the crisis, she was forced to live on a farm colony until a Life magazine editor rediscovered her work and relocated her to a proper nursing home, where she remained until the end of her life. The show uses Austen’s history and the location as a starting point for a conversation about the contemporary crisis. As a bonus, the museum will also display Alfred Eisenstaedt’s vintage images of Alice Austen’s emotional visit to the home she lost.

Many thanks to Paul Moakley for creating this important show.