Displacement Detroit - PhMuseum

Displacement Detroit

Laura Gibson

2019 - Ongoing

Detroit, Michigan, United States

In my ongoing series, Displacement Detroit, beginning with my familial roots, I document the lands where my family once resided which are now vacant lots and I bring it to and explore the contemporary archive through photography, video, memorabilia and storytelling. My goals are to document the stories and images of individuals and communities that have been displaced by blight, environmental hazards and ways of gentrification. Having discovered within this research the lack of documentation of residential housing in the city of Detroit, I am currently researching and theorizing how the lack of documentation of specifically low to mid income residential housing initiates displacement and complicates revisiting. Therefore, distorting community narratives, ways of interrupting land recognition in places like the city of Detroit, and ultimately leading to gentrification.

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  • my great grandmother used to live here (Collingwood Street)
    2019
    Photo Diptych

  • my papa used to live here (Collingwood Street)
    2019
    Photo diptych

  • we used to live here (16127 Fielding)
    2019
    Photo Diptych

  • When You Come Back, Better Make It Good (16127 Fielding)
    2019
    Performance installation with found television, chair, foot rest, and lamp on property of childhood home in Detroit, MI.

  • Last One Standing (The Reclaiming)
    2019
    Reclaimed brick from childhood home 16127 Fielding, Detroit, MI
    Photo

  • the lots
    2019
    photo

  • Hand Conversations
    2020
    Photo

  • Untitled (Hand Study)
    2019
    Photo


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