I sent over 300 letters — these 6 households responded. Do they share anything but the frames of their house?

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I sent over 300 letters to Vancouver Specials all over the city, searching for participants to be documented. I received six responses. While these six households, varying in size, lifestyle, economic status and world view, are not a complete picture of the diversity of living in this city, they provide a snapshot into the array of people that make up Vancouver. Through extensive interviews with all six households, complete with thorough documentation of the homes themselves, I gathered intimate and honest portraits of the vastly different way people live. By using the Vancouver Special, both a banality and symbol of the city, as a literal framework, the film touches on a variety of topics, some pertinent to life in Vancouver — affordability, landlord-tenant relations, renovictions — and some mundane enough to be ubiquitous — family, parenting, interior decoration. Most of all, this film is an exploration of the similarities and differences between people across economic, social, and cultural strata.


Sarah Genge is an artist who lives and creates on the ancestral, occupied traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples, now known as Vancouver, Canada. Sarah is interested in telling stories that represent everyday people and the mundane world. She is not too sure what she’s doing but she does know that she enjoys making. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree in Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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