‘Wrapped Up” is an ongoing photo series of recent building developments in Detroit, by Corine Vermeulen. These images were published in Imaginary Cities, a publication by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (MOCAD).
(A little story Ã propos by Mark Powell.)
Shuttered and quiet the house has a few leaves blowing around and a sparrow has flown up the backside of a small bush near the front door. I kick the bush and instead of moving like a bird should and fly away, the sparrow scurries like a rat and runs to the dark underside of a car parked nearby.
Should I ring? Why should I even think of ringing? I want to ring. The door bell light struggles to seduce me. It is a weak light.
They say babies are born and start remembering past lives, they don’t mimic their parents to learn, they just remember. I stand and look through the hole of a torn curtain in the door and see the dinning room, a crystal chandelier catches a bit of light and twinkles it, showing the dust everywhere, flying around like excited small fruit flies.
It is hard to buy a house at some point, because the buyer may think that this will be the last house he will ever buy. This will be the kind of house where he will end up confined to a soft chair, stiff, staring out a front window everyday, unable to go outside.
This is a nice house and a good price. Yet, I step away–This time.
(Corine Vermeulen is an Dutch artist and a TÃ³xico partner in crime, with whom I have done a couple of personal projects. She is now in Colombia for a two-month residency, and we hope to post some of the results here, very soon.)
(Mark Powell is a photographer and–yes, we just discovered recently–also a writer; born in Detroit and now living in Mexico City. Mark took the TÃ³xico Martin Parr Master Class and the Stefan Ruiz workshop. And he has a new website which we think is great.)