The Mobile Community Stoop is a 3d replica city stoop on wheels that I made, and pushed around Washington D.C. to address the ramifications of gentrification. It served as a platform for people to talk and share stories of the past, present and future of DC. It brought up a lot of heavy topics about race, displacement and overdevelopment, and loss.
This is a conversation between two of my neighbor's in DC, who have lived in Edgewood, a community in NE DC, for 30 plus years. Nancy is a community activist and leader in the community.
Nancy and our neighbor talking about developers renaming neighborhoods to raise market values.
Duane talking about "throwaways" and living in SE
A series of embroideries that feature quotes from people living in urban environments who are members of exclusive internet listserves. Online "communities" are somewhat elitist. There are many people in urban cities who can not afford internet, or do not have access to computers/laptops. Therefore, these types of conversations do not have the entire community in mind because they do not include the entire community. Often times the quotes reveal an outdated ideology with no solution to the problem and is a platform for complaining or casting judgements on others.
Please contact me through this website with your address and I will mail you a postcard with a personalized quote from a random Baltimorean.
Condom Box Dispensers
In an effort to provide access to safe sex, I have created condom box dispensers and strategically installed them in areas where specific at-risk subcultures gather. This project is about providing an essential commodity to those who may not have the money for or accessibility to something they need.
The idea developed when I was living in a neighborhood that was also home to many male prostitutes. A brief friendship with one of the local prostitutes changed my entire perspective on sex workers and made me aware of their struggle. In an effort to help them in some way, I created and installed five wooden boxes along the avenue where they work and filled them with condoms.
I have relocated this project to my current neighborhood for various reasons. This community has embraced the project and the men who live along 4th St. NE are assisting me in maintaining the boxes. I intend to take this project a step further and hope to one day hand over the project to one of the men living in this community.
Nevertheless, this project could not be maintained if it weren’t for the Department of Health in DC. Their donations of condoms allowed the project to continue for as long as it did.