In January of 2009 my parents burned down my grandparents homestead, which had been abandoned for the past 30 years, out of liability concerns. I returned that September and built a billboard like replica of the home just over the hill the original site. En Route was filmed in December of 2009 with a small hand held camera while my father, husband, and I traveled to the site to gather images.
In its simplest form “If We Lived Here” was built in an attempt to provide shelter for the birds that were displaced when their home was destroyed. In it’s most complex form it is a quiet and haunting, ghostlike reminder of what was, what is no longer, and what may never be. It holds memories far beyond my years and comprehension while at the same time providing a new presence of hope and possibilities for this rural landscape. The landscape my mom was raised on, the land that her and my father would try to make a living off of, a place that I dreamed as a child to call home, the land my sister and I will someday inherit.
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