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While your living room chairs probably aren’t sneaking up to get it on on your roof. Though, that would be preferable your stuffed animals singing the un-catchy, boring songs in the worst muppet special ever. Or maybe all your stuff does is collect dust while you’re gone, but you’ll never know for sure. Per Bilgren knows, because he’s been photographing the inside of the houses of strangers for years.

By posing as a handyman, Per went into people’s homes and takes portraits of the belongings of the middle class. He’s sharing his portrait collection and his stories tonight in Surreptitious Symbiosis as part of Pete’s Candy Store’s Open City Dialogue series. It’ll be a rare chance to look into the vinyl-siding homes you pass on the way to the bar.

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Surreptitious Symbiosis
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street between Frost and Richardson [Greenpoint, Brooklyn]
Monday, March 14

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.