Foreclosure/Foreclosed (Platform 2)

May 31, 2011
The Kitchen, New York, NY
Curated by Jennifer Burris, Sofía Olascoaga, Sadia Shirazi, and Gaia Tedone


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.