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HOUSE OF CARDS: REBUILDING

While 2008 made us aware of the housing crisis, with the improvements in the economy the assumption is that the crisis is over. The reality is, people are still challenging loss of home. Watch the short films we produced for the exhibition.


The Project:  8 Short Films / House of Cards: Rebuilding / Teaser

House of Cards: Rebuilding is the first presentation of a work-in-progress exhibition featuring the personal stories of community members who have struggled to save their homes. The narratives included confront loss of home through eviction, foreclosure, forced displacement and other threats to our human right to housing. Through photographs, short films, and research, this new work allows us to learn how our neighbors are dealing with these issues and meet the organizations they are working with to confront this challenge. House of Cards: Rebuilding Chicago’s exhibition was generously supported in part by the Pierce Family Foundation and Peter Kupferberg. Presented in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Commissioned and produced by Art Works Projects

8 Short films:
Directed, cinematography and editing: 
Maren Wickwire
Interviews: Roberta Feldman

Watch the trailer.


Series of short films:

Eddie & Granddaughter Teica Financial challenges interrupted Eddie’s college education. She and her children were doubled up with family members and faced a range of personal problems. After many difficult years, her mother’s death prompted Eddie to reach out to HOW for supportive services and housing assistance. She subsequently earned her bachelors degree in healthcare administration and is now beginning to search for employment. Interview: Roberta Feldman Camera: Maren Wickwire Editing: Maren Wickwire Produced by ART WORKS Projects

Jackie - Jackie could not work because of her serious illnesses, and her husband lost his job because he was frequently forced to take time off in order to care for the family. When their money ran out, the couple had to split up and live with separate relatives. In time, Jackie and her oldest daughter were living on the street. Eventually her in-laws provided them with a single room, which the entire family shared for several years. Jackie recently began working with La Casa Norte to secure an apartment for her family.