When The Leeves Broke We Bought Our House
Using a real-life incident involving a family based in Denmark – the subtext of the work When The Leeves Broke We Bought Our House produced for the Prospect.1 biennale in New Orleans 2008 is the impact that the post-Katrina flooding in New Orleans had on the world economy. Anticipating a slow down in the housing market as a result of the catastrophe, Danish banks briefly dropped their interest rates for new mortgages, enabling the family, friends of SUPERFLEX, to purchase a house in Denmark at a lower cost.
A photograph of the house in Denmark was on display at the Lower 9th Ward Village in New Orleans, priced $20.000, equivalent to the amount that the family saved as a result of the dropped interest rates. When sold, the money paid for the photograph will go towards purchasing construction materials (plywood, lumber, roofing felt, paint, etc.) to be distributed by the Lower 9th Ward Village to families in the neighborhood. Curated by Dan Cameron.