Foreclosed: Between Crisis and Possibility (Events)

All events co-organized with Sofía Olascoaga, Sadia Shirazi, and Gaia Tedone

Forgotten Spaces (Platform 1)

May 15, 2011
The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, New York, NY

Forgotten Spaces

This event features the U.S. Premiere of The Forgotten Space (2010), an award-winning film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. This screening will be followed by a conversation between Allan Sekula, art historian Benjamin Buchloh, and geographer David Harvey, introduced by Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, New York.

Moving between the four port cities of Bilbao, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, The Forgotten Space excavates the maritime world as a space that is often foreclosed from mainstream awareness. This film re-inscribes the sea as a crucial site within complex networks of global capitalism. Sekula and Burch intertwine this with narratives of the stories of people working in the world’s major harbors. The conversation following the film will explore the relationship between capitalism and uneven geographical development.

Foreclosure/Foreclosed (Platform 2)

May 31, 2011
The Kitchen, New York, NY


This discussion will examine connections between the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States and the psychic and social experience of home loss. It will begin with a short screening of Kamal Aljafari’s film Port of Memory (2009), followed by a conversation between Harriet Fraad (Psychotherapist), Ingrid Gould Ellen (New York University), and Maggie Russell-Ciardi (Tenants & Neighbors).

What is the relationship between psychic foreclosure and property foreclosure? How can we recognize the ways in which these two conditions intersect in everyday life? Bringing together perspectives from different fields of expertise, this platform draws generative connections between abstract understandings of psychic foreclosure and local experiences of displacement or home loss.

City as Stage (Platform 3)

June 11, 2011
The Kitchen, New York, NY

City as StageCity as Stage

This discussion explores urban space as a site of contestation and possibility. It will begin with a screening of Yto Barrada’s video Beau Geste (2009), followed by a conversation between Tania Bruguera (Artist), Peter Marcuse (Columbia University), Damon Rich (Architect), and Radhika Subramaniam (Parsons The New School for Design).

How does the current economic crisis reconfigure urban space, specifically in New York? How do contemporary artistic and urban practices engage with and impact the various social imaginaries of the city? Bringing together the disciplines of urban planning and design with artistic and curatorial practices, this platform considers the city as a stage of conflict, desire, and imagination.

Foreclosed: Between Crisis, Possibility and Revision

Immigrant Movement International: An Event by Tania Bruguera

June 7, 2011
The Kitchen, New York City

Immigrant Movement International: An Event by Tania BrugueraImmigrant Movement International: An Event by Tania Bruguera

As part of the exhibition Foreclosed: Between Crisis and Possibility, Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International (IMI) presents a public performance that will bring together the project’s multiple audiences and participants within The Kitchen’s auditorium. Through this performance, Bruguera seeks to address the foreclosure of immigrants from political representation.

IMI is an ongoing long-term project that takes the form of a socio-political movement currently headquartered in the neighborhood of Corona, Queens. IMI engages with local immigrant community groups and political organizations through a series of public workshops, events, and actions.