DA Ryan House Project

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The house of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in Detroit was to be demolished. Then artist Ryan Mendoza stepped in - and sent it on a year-long journey. The work makes its last stop in Naples. If it were up to Ryan Mendoza, this house would still be in Detroit. Between 1957 and 1959, it was home to Rosa Parks (1913-2005), the woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, on 1 December 1955, thus becoming a symbolic figure of the African-American civil rights movement. After racist hostilities, however, Parks had to flee and went north like millions of other black people: She built a new life for herself in Detroit, Michigan. Because no museum, no foundation in the USA wanted to acquire it, Mendoza decided to bring Rosa Parks' two-storey wooden house with the gabled roof to his Berlin neighbourhood. After the house stood for a while in Berlin, there was the possibility to exhibit the house in the royal palace in Naples. When we accompanied Ryan Mendoza at his exhibition "Almost Home" in Naples 2020, we created this videographic representation of his project, among others.