Joe’s Junk Yard | Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Joe’s Junk Yard by Lisa Kereszi

Statement

Joe’s Junk Yard is my personal story of our family business, which went from the classic American Dream to a sputtering failure in just over fifty years. My grandfather, a first-generation American, was a boxer-turned-junkman. He built an empire of used cars and scrap metal during the 1950s boom times, only to be slowly, but consistently, foiled by a series of events, many outside of his control. Photos from the last decade of business, scrawled-on old pictures from scrapbooks, and other ephemera attempt to tell the story of a family and its struggles with a changing economy and business model, urban decline, family feuds, tragic and untimely deaths, and unpaid bills piling up. The family and the junkyard stand as a microcosm for larger themes that exist in our culture and economy. I hope to show that loss is not the last thing one should expect to find in a junkyard—the landscape in such a place is an apt metaphor for how things break down and haunt us with their uselessness, only to await salvage.

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