There is no neighborhood without neighbors, and the Sustainable Love Corporation installation "Good Neighbor" at Rooms to Let 2017, (May 20-21, 2017) magnified the people who have lived and currently live in, as well as visitors to Slavic Village, and presented an environment where they might reflect on what it means to be a good neighbor.
The interior installation was an homage to a family that lived in the same Slavic Village home since the house was built in the late 1800's until the 1980's. Photographs and artifacts from the family provided a glimpse into the neighborhood's past. An oversized portrait of the artist's mother (who grew up in Slavic Village, is pasted to the boarded up window on the exterior of "our" Rooms to Let house (slated for demolition in 2017) to provide the illusion that someone is still home. Visitors to the house allowed their portrait to be taken peeping out of the adjacent room window as well as in other parts inside and outside the house.
While being "snapped", the folks were asked to think about the best thing about the neighborhood they live in, and then asked them to think about something in their neighborhood that they desperately would like to see change. Some answers are randomly floating above the photo collage below. For a larger selection of photos and remarks, please link over to theSustainable Love CorporationGood Neighbor Album on Facebook.
Special thanks to Cynthia Piper who loaned photographs and artifacts from her Slavic Village home for the interior "Good Neighbor" room installation, Thank you Foundry Woodprints for the oversized print for the exterior window, to Dott von Schneider for curating, and to the artists of our Rooms to Let Indigenous House: Mallorie Freeman, Sean Jason Kelly, Gina Desantis, Brenda Strump, Bryon Miller, Meghann Hennan. Thanks to Slavic Village Development Corporation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and thank you to all the neighbors on Gertrude Street and in Slavic Village.
HELEN VON SCHNEIDER, ARTIST
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