Nick Modrzewski: The Knees and Ankles of a Landlord


Nick Modrzewski: The Knees and Ankles of a Landlord

A legal reference textbook about property law and the partly real, partly imagined rituals of land transfer under settler law in the place recently called 'Australia'.

'The house is just an extension of the body. So, too, are other things – wallets and shoes and cats and bins, etc. Property can convert regular knees and ankles into the knees and ankles of a Landlord. The rituals and processes of this alchemical rite are intricate and layered. Take, for example, the violent initiation ceremony for new Landlords at the Land Titles Office. Or the historic "Tibia Fibula" celebration, which would see Feudal Landlords crawling inside miniature manors or castles, leaving on their knees, ankles, toes or fingers exposed.

It often takes years to witness a tenant 'become' a Landlord – to 'fill the knees', as the common phrase goes. Put in all the ingredients: the mortgages and other debts, the tenancy agreements and the rights of entry, the land tax and all those minerals, soil, rocks, grass, sand and hills. Once the knees are "filled" and the ankles "topped up", a body that was once "tenanted" is invested with a new status in the social hierarchy.

The body elevates. The body grows. A Landlord is born.' – Nick Modrzewski.


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78 pages, hardcover, 21 x 13.5 cm, colour
Texts: Nick Modrzewski
Foreword: N/A
Editors: N/A
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Edition: 1
Year: 2020
Published by: Self published
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