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SALON DOMICILE

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Published on Jun 18, 2017

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Nine residents of Seattle agreed to be interviewed and photographed in person: Five senior officials and city councilors leading the homelessness response, and 4 residents experiencing homelessness living in Othello Village. They were all asked, “what is the favorite place in your home,” and, “what is your favorite moment or experience in the home?” They were all asked to lie down for a staged photograph with the same heirloom blankets. Lying down is key for rest, and often effectively illegal in public space. Othello Village residents were compensated $15.

Their responses express the obvious fact that favorite places and moments in the home maintain and replenish the health of the mind and body through comfort, safety, and relaxed time alone, and with loved ones. They also express that the most important places and moments in the home happen in simple, small spaces: I.e. An old couch, a bay window, an outdoor seat, a tent with folding furniture, a closet, a bedroom, a kitchen. Luxury spaces and improvements were absent from responses.

In closing, how can we expect someone without a home to maintain physical and mental health, and become self-supporting? And, if affordable solutions like $2500 tiny homes offer these home comforts and stabilize lives, why are Seattlites still measurably complicit in continuing inaction to not immediately house all homeless people by the end of 2017? Lastly, self-reflecting, why do our city’s homes increasingly orbit around physical expansion and luxury when it is clear these efforts are unnecessary to achieve our favorite home places and experiences?

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Salon Domicile
Lead Artist : George Lee
Collaborating Photographer : Scott Everett
Funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Probono Professional Time

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