Review: Auntie Em’s Mobile Home/Slow


By Brian Hieggelke / 2.28.12

On February 25, Slow introduced “Auntie Em’s Mobile Home,” an exhibition of works by ACRE residents Maggie Haas and TJ Proechel. Proechel provides the fragmented narrative of a foreclosure contractor attempting to locate a former business partner turned fraud. Placid photographs and email correspondence detail the frustrating pursuit of a fleeting conman. An unexpected consistency develops between the inevitable mobility of the running antagonist in Proechel’s tale and the effects of forced mobility experienced by homeowners facing foreclosure. More broadly, these images explore experiences of displacement and loss associated with the current housing crisis. Homes are not only inhabited but decorated and embellished, often to distract from the fragility of their financial situation...