72 Hours: Four Corners

Video from New York Times audio slideshow. See related print article.

Together with local residents, a group of neighborhood activists and artists associated with City Life/Vida Urbana and The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition occupied a cluster of vacant housing units at 19-21 Bullard Street in Four Corners, Dorchester. Over the course of an evening, three units were taken over and video images evoking the daily lives of area residents were projected through the building's windows.

One unit was opened to the public for a walk-through audio installation in which the day-to-day activities of people affected by foreclosure were heard: sounds of cooking in the kitchen, conversation in the living room, relayed through hidden speakers.

Working to make the private, individual, and lived experiences of those affected by foreclosure visible and heard, the intervention served as a platform from which to engage in discussion about the human costs of the housing crisis and to put pressure on Wall Street banks. The occupation kicked off a larger protest against Deutsche Bank, which had refused to sell a cluster of foreclosed properties to their former owners at current market value. The action was a first step toward recapturing a group of foreclosed houses in the Four Corners neighborhood.

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

 

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

 

 

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung