Letters to Bank of America: Context
Letters to Bank of America was most recently exhibited as part of Creative Time's Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.
In 2012, Bank of America became the focus of the movement against mass displacement and foreclosure evictions, with several large actions regionally demanding that the bank reduce principle on underwater mortgages and stop no-fault evictions.
In Boston, these mobilizations culminated in a shutdown of the Bank of America headquarters and a large occupation of a foreclosed home in Dorchester (see Welcome Back to What Was Already Yours). The project, Letters to Bank of America, developed in collaboration with members of City Life/Vida Urbana, projected letters written by homeowners facing foreclosure by Bank of America onto the front façades of various Bank of America buildings in order to force these lending institutions to confront the consequences of their actions.
Letters to Bank of America draws inspiration from City Life member Drusilla Francis, who writes that “I have an investment in my community that is beyond words.” The projection of these letters onto Bank of America’s offices pries open the contradiction between the financial institution’s investment practices and the lived investments of homeowners in their neighborhoods.