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How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam

How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam
How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam, Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian
Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian

An empty house from Stoepel Street 20194, Detroit, is now in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In this article for The Guardian, artist Ryan Mendoza describes his impetus and process for translocating a worn, abandoned former family home from one continent to another – as well as the statement he hoped to make. "When I arrived in Detroit in March 2015 I realised that this city – in the country I had left in 1992 out of distaste for its nationalistic, isolationist, police-dog mentality and its privatised prison system, [...] had, aside from the positive developments that were mostly in the downtown area, begun to look like a war zone."

When the house got to Rotterdam on 5 February 2016, it was windy and rainy. I wanted the house to be white. I had to protect the memories and cover up the ruin porn. I had to reflect the gaze of the porn-mining onlookers so that the memories and the love would be preserved. I painted the house in the rain to see the paint wash off the roof time and again, until it finally stuck.

Read the article in full, here.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam" 26 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/782775/how-one-artist-translocated-a-family-home-from-detroit-to-rotterdam/> ISSN 0719-8884

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