Thanks to a partnership with the Chelsea City-Wide Tenants Association (CTA) and the Chelsea Collaborative, my multimedia exhibit about the foreclosure crisis, We Shall Not Be Moved, will be featured at this year’s Chelsea Art Walk, happening the weekend of June 11 and 12. The CTA brings together families facing foreclosure and eviction throughout Chelsea and the surrounding area to organize and support each other in their struggles to stay in their homes.
The story of CTA member Eglentina Lopez and her family will be featured as part of the exhibit. From an article in Spanish-language newspaper Primer Momento about the exhibit:
“Eglentina and her family became “Bank Tenants” after Fannie Mae foreclosed on the house where they live in January of 2010. For them, being bank tenants has meant an uncertainty of not knowing when or who will fix busted pipes or broken doors.
It has meant that one day a Texas company asks for rent, and the next day they receive an eviction notice. Eglentina is in an eternal fight against the bank to assure that her family isn’t evicted and while they remain at 64 Maverick Street, that they have a safe home. She knows that even though she can’t count on the government to help her with her apartment, she can always count on the support and the help of the Chelsea City-Wide Tenants Association, a group of renters and homeowners working to avoid foreclosures and evictions.”
Stop by the Chelsea Collaborative on Saturday, June 11, at 4 pm for a presentation including live testimonies from families facing foreclosure and eviction.
I’m thrilled to announce that we’re currently hanging the We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit in anticipation of this Thursday’s opening reception in Manhattan! The show will be at the Julia Richman Education Complex at 317 E. 67th Street — come by this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm to see the work, hear live presentations from project participants, and mingle with others who care about how the foreclosure crisis is impacting our communities and what folks are doing about it. Huge thanks to Rebekah Cook-Mack of South Brooklyn Legal Services for organizing this event!
A couple sneak peeks behind the scenes…
From the article:
At the “We Shall Not Be Moved” reception, Abigail Gnall, 33, browsed the exhibit. Seeing the photographs was an eye-opener for her, she said, and would likely be for many others.
“Foreclosure feels like something that happens to someone else, somewhere else — not just down the block,” she said. “For [Creedon] to be able to put a face on that, that’s when it becomes real. You can’t just shake your head and cluck your tongue anymore.”
Thanks to Banner reporter Sandy Larson for a great article. To read the full story, check it out on the Banner’s website here.
Thanks to everyone who made it out on Friday evening for a great opening reception at the Washington Street Art Center! My exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved, will be up through the end of March; stop by any Saturday between 12 and 4, or get in touch to schedule another time to come see the show. Thanks to Art Center Director Lee Kilpatrick for the photos below.
We Shall Not Be Moved, my on-going documentary project about the foreclosure crisis, is being exhibit this month at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville. Stop by the opening reception on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 pm, or during gallery hours, 12 to 4 every Saturday during March.
Today’s Boston Globe Arts & Entertainment section featured an article on my on-going documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved! The project, which uses photography and multimedia to document the local grassroots struggle against foreclosure, opened last night at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester, where it will be on display all week. If you can’t catch it this week, the exhibit will be headed to the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, where it will be up for the month of March. Stay tuned for details…
Last night’s opening reception for the We Shall Not Be Moved project was a huge success — thanks so much to all of the 150+ people who made it out to the Great Hall in Codman Square on a cold Saturday night! What a great crowd. It was fun for me to finally see the images from the project printed and mounted, and installed in such a beautiful space. Huge thanks to:
The staff at the Great Hall and the Codman Square Health Center for lending us this great space;
iolabs in Pawtucket Rhode Island for a great job printing and mounting the images — highly recommended!
Our panel of speakers, including Dave Grossman of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Marchelle Jacques-Yarde from Boston Community Capital, and Mayra Duran from the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition;
All the staff and members of City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association who made it out to the event, and those who spoke, including Steve Meacham, Ken Tilton, Marshall Cooper, and Reggie Fuller;
And of course thanks to Mass Humanities, for making the project possible through their support.
And another huge thanks to my friend and colleague Stephanie Ewens, who came out to take some pictures of the event. A few of her images from the evening are posted below. You can check out Steph’s work at www.stephanieewens.com.
WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, featured some great coverage today of my multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved, which opens tomorrow night at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. This morning, I was interviewed on Morning Edition by host Bob Oakes. You can hear the interview online here.
This afternoon’s edition of WBUR’s Radio Boston ran some great coverage of the We Shall Not Be Moved project. Host Meghna Chakrabarti interviewed me in anticipation of tomorrow night’s opening reception, and they included lots of audio clips from the project. Have a listen on their site here; just click on Listen Now to hear the interview.
Today’s Dorchester Reporter featured a front page article about the upcoming opening reception of my multimedia documentary exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved! The article opens with the story of Marshall Cooper who, at 75, is facing post-foreclosure eviction from his home. The print edition of the paper featured my image of Cooper at a rally against the American Bankers Association conference last October. You can hear and see more of Marshall Cooper’s story here.
I’m excited to announce the upcoming opening reception for my on-going multimedia documentary project about foreclosure, We Shall Not Be Moved! The reception will be on February 19th, from 4-7 pm, at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. The evening will include a short program starting at 5 pm, with speakers from City Life/Vida Urbana, the Bank Tenant Association, and community partners, as well as a street theatre piece featuring Bank Tenant Association members. Looking forward to seeing many of you there to celebrate with us. And please help spread the word using our Facebook event page.
And if you can’t make it on the 19th, the exhibit will be on view throughout the week of Feb. 19-25, so please get in touch and schedule a time to come by for a visit.
For more information or press inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.771.2844
I’m pleased to announce that some of my work from the We Shall Not Be Moved project will be on display this month at the Dot2Dot Cafe at 1739 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester. The work will be up through mid-February, and I’ll be there to chat with folks about the project on the evening of Thursday, February 10th — come by! And if you haven’t been to Dot2Dot, it’s a great little place that I highly recommend — great atmosphere, and the proprietor and head chef Karen Henry-Garrett will fix you up some delicious and unique food.
An image from my on-going multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved. John Farrow, third from left, looks on as his home is auctioned off on November 1. Standing in protest with him are members of the Bank Tenant Association, a grassroots organization that is fighting to keep families in their homes after foreclosure. The Boston Globe reported this week that Massachusetts foreclosure auctions are averaging one per hour. To see and hear more stories of families facing foreclosure and eviction, check out the We Shall Not Be Moved project website.
I had the opportunity to be part of a great conference this week called “Community Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis,” hosted at Harvard Law School by the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and Project No One Leaves. The conference brought together legal advocates, housing counselors, community organizers, and others from around the country to share experiences and strategize about how communities can come together to find solutions to the challenges presented by the foreclosure crisis. I was also able to present work from my on-going project on the local foreclosure crisis, We Shall Not Be Moved. Read more about the conference, and see some of my photographs, on the Harvard Law School website.
Jeannette Forde participates in a candlelight vigil at the home of Guy Lebrun and his family in Stoughton, MA. After foreclosure, the Lebrun family was approved for a new mortgage through Boston Community Capital that would allow them to keep their home. Boston Community Capital placed an offer on the home, but according to the Lebruns, Bank of America is refusing to consider the offer until their family is evicted.
For more stories of families facing foreclosure and eviction, check out my on-going multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved: www.weshallnotbemoved.net
My multimedia documentary project on foreclosure, We Shall Not Be Moved, was featured this week on PBS Newshour! The post includes two slideshows from the project, as well as a brief interview. The coverage was part of their series of foreclosure stories, which included a longer piece about City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association and also a story about the work of financial nonprofit Boston Community Capital.