Legal scholar K-Sue Park gives the second in a series of four talks presented by the ICA in conjunction with Cameron Rowland’s exhibition 3 & 4 Will. IV c. 73
The seizure and enclosure of indigenous lands and African lives that fuelled the English colonisation of America led to property laws that are with us still. In particular, colonists experimented with innovative ways of manipulating the categories of real and chattel property in reference to both land and people. By doing so, they created not only new, world-destroying forms of property, but also new property laws that churned economic growth with foreclosure.
In this talk, K-Sue Park addresses the inception of these legal and financial instruments, and their generation of a debt-based system of wealth creation that has outlasted the memory of its origins to drive development, real estate speculation and today’s ongoing housing crisis.
K-Sue Park is Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, Washington DC. Previously, she was the Critical Race Studies Fellow at the UCLA School of Law and, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, practiced foreclosure and eviction defence on the Texas-Mexico border. Her scholarship examines the historical development of real estate, property and immigration law through the process of colonisation in America. She is the author of the award-winning essay ‘Money, Mortgages, and the Conquest of America’ (2015), and her publications have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and The New York Times.