Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Ninth Floor.

by Jessica Dimmock.

"The Ninth floor documents a group of addicts that moved into the apartment of a former millionaire in a wealthy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Joe Smith, in his mid 60's, allowed a young addict to move into a spare bedroom in his large three-bedroom apartment in hopes of gaining rent. Several years later a fully addicted Joe no longer had a bedroom, as many as 12-15 young addicts stayed at any given time, all electricity and hot water had been turned off and anything valuable had long been sold to feed habits. This project documents the residents of this space leading up to eviction and follows several individuals after the apartment as they face jail and sickness, as they fight and love, fought to get clean, sank deeper into addiction, went to jail, started families and struggled to survive."


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