Despite the last economic recession, cities across the US have seen a rebound in real-estate value. As a result, land appreciation has allowed developers to target low-income neighborhoods, paving the way for gentrification. As one South Florida reporter suggested, Mobile Home Park communities have become the “low-hanging fruit for developers.”
The disappearance of these Mobile Home Park communities is expanding homelessness and displacement in favor of condominiums and commercial real-estate development.
The concept of home transcends its sense of belonging; Its meaning goes beyond its physical place. Any personal space relates to our personal connections and how those serve as reflections that shape our history and identity.
Documenting these spaces has uncovered many juxtapositions. They have helped me visualize these communities' social and physical realities. The repetition of images establishes a visual language of mutual and antagonistic elements such as the trailer’s painted corrugated exteriors, the collection of Florida motor tags in an anchored vehicle, and the superimposed view of the neighboring construction site.
The history of these Mobile Home Parks communities parallels the development of South Florida’s municipalities. By incorporating time-period materials through the appropriation of photographs, magazine ads, and newspaper clippings, I am introducing a speculative non-fiction narrative, along with the documentary photography, that illustrates a sense of collective memories. This allows the ramification of the narrative into other threads. Piecing a historical perspective into the work has created another layer of understanding, whose themes might not be otherwise evident.