Evicted: an immersive exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer prize-winning book
October 8 @ 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until November 4, 2022
An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 30, 2022
After a year spent living in a trailer park and a rooming house in Milwaukee, Desmond wrote Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He interviewed landlords, realtors, and his neighbors who, already spending most of their income on rent, faced hard choices and ultimately eviction for nonpayment. Audiovisuals, photos, infographics, as well as physical items, and “houses” the viewer can enter provide an immersive, tactile context that tells their stories in a way that numbers can’t.
The exhibit, which made its national debut at the National Building Museum in September 2019, designed Evicted to give a deeper understanding of what eviction is and what it means to the lives of the people stuck in the cycle of evictions. A mobile version, redesigned and updated, has traveled to 18 locations across the country. This will be the exhibit’s final showing, and it’s only showing in Massachusetts.
Truly a community event, this exhibit is supported by a wide network of partners, including the Community Action Agency of Somerville, The Welcome Project, The Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Arts Council, Arts at the Armory, All She Wrote Books, the Office of Housing Stability, Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services, Denovo Legal and individual artists. We hope to see you there!