“In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from their roots to make room... there was once a neighborhood. It stood in the hills above the valley town...and spread all the way to the river. It is called the suburbs now, but when black people lived there it was called the Bottom.” (Toni Morrison, 'Sula')
Spaces where black and brown Americans live are under attack. Polluted water, gentrification and police brutality have unveiled a nationwide epidemic. As the American dream drifts further away from most, 'House or Home: 690 wishes' is a contemplation on the places and spaces where dreams, real life, and the socio-economic pressures of today collide.
Composed by Justin Hicks
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Performed by Jade Hicks, Kenita Miller, Justin Hicks
Video Paul Lieber
This video is a collage of found footage and live footage shot as a work-in-process showing @ The Invisible Dog, CATCH, NYC, 2015.