BROOKLYN, GENTRIFICATION
       
     
Blocks surrounding Williamsburg Plaza, 1906-2016
       
     
Bedford Stuyvesant 1920 – Bushwik 2016
       
     
Williamsburg Real Estate, 1906-2016
       
     
Brooklyn Water Front 1920-2016
       
     
Multi-ethnicity, 1906-2016
       
     
Traffic progress from 1906 to 2016, Marcy Av station J, M lines
       
     
Drawers: Bushwick. 2016
       
     
Door #1: Brooklyn, StreetEasy real-estate sales listings. Feb. 2016
       
     
Door #2: Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, Racial tensions. 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & S 6th Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center, 2016
       
     
Bedford Avenue & S 3rd Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & N 7 Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Norman Avenue & Dobbin Street - Greenpoint, 2016
       
     
Grand Street & Bedford Avenue - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Meserole Street & Manhattan Avenue - East Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Meserole Street & Waterbury Street - East Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Scholes Street & Waterbury Street - Bushwick, 2016
       
     
Troutman Street - Bushwick, 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & N 12th Street - Greenpoint, 2016
       
     
BROOKLYN, GENTRIFICATION
       
     
BROOKLYN, GENTRIFICATION

This project explores Brooklyn as a case study of gentrification.
Part I follows my historical investigation.Covering several neighborhoods, I mix historical found imagery with my photographs of today's city-scape. This spans several decades and for each street corner, gives a simultaneously absurd and surreal glimpse into its past and its future.
Part II reflects my personal story.I lived in Bushwick through the course of a decade, from poor immigrant art-student to "gentrified" landlord. This made me question and challenge the ambivalence of my feelings about this transition. The resulting sculptures are a combination of my photographic images of gentrified spaces, inserted into locally found, decades-old, fixtures. Loosely inspired by Gordon Matta Clark, the object becomes a hybrid of old and new, like the gentrified landscape.
Part III takes a closer look at the human repercussions.The 'locals', the neighborhood's old-timers, are disappearing (through a visual metaphor) in front of the newcomers, portraying a new sense of social alienation. Graffiti is present as an interesting signifier of upcoming gentrification: it reveals a sub-cultural resistance, while being trademarked and packaged to sell the neighborhood to the highest bidders.
As in my previous work, I use the landscape as a platform for discussion. While exploring Brooklyn's gentrification I point out the socio-economical consequences of a new and changing environment. Even as we expand this view to the evolution of our global world, we must pay attention to the price we pay as a society.

Blocks surrounding Williamsburg Plaza, 1906-2016
       
     
Blocks surrounding Williamsburg Plaza, 1906-2016

In the background, image depicting the Plaza in 1906. Layered with my recent photographs of the massive developments on the surrounding blocks. Contrasting the historical open space with the density of the present landscape.

Bedford Stuyvesant 1920 – Bushwik 2016
       
     
Bedford Stuyvesant 1920 – Bushwik 2016

Historical racial tensions and riots, police brutality.
interior shots from my building at 1261 Madison st.m Bushwick. 1920s gypsies tents in Brooklyn (bottom left).

Williamsburg Real Estate, 1906-2016
       
     
Williamsburg Real Estate, 1906-2016

Historical images of Brooklyn (public domain, from the Library of Congress) reveal the past of today's rapidly developing landscape.

Brooklyn Water Front 1920-2016
       
     
Brooklyn Water Front 1920-2016

Hasidic Jewish sitting on a bench at the waterfront promenade of what is now the Brooklyn Bridge Park... Are they looking at the promised land?... Interior shots from my current Bushwick demolished building with pigeons (doves symbolizing freedom) locked in this wooden raw walls jail.
On the right side, orange container used as public bathroom in the new pier, with the world "toilet" in all languages... including Hebrew and Yiddish. In the water, 1906 images of boats.

Multi-ethnicity, 1906-2016
       
     
Multi-ethnicity, 1906-2016

Second floor of my 1261 Madison st, building in Bushwick, after demolition in 2015.
Images of the emblematic Williamsburg Sugar Factory building during its 2016 controversial reconversion into massive luxury condominiums. 2016 artwork from the lobby of a new Williamsburg waterfront tower building.
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge photographs, some from 1906 and mine from 2016.
Multi ethnicity symbols with Hanukya, Christmas tree...

Traffic progress from 1906 to 2016, Marcy Av station J, M lines
       
     
Traffic progress from 1906 to 2016, Marcy Av station J, M lines

From the 1920s salesman bikes to the 2014 hipsters' double-high and citbikes, from the horse carriage to the car ...

Drawers: Bushwick. 2016
       
     
Drawers: Bushwick. 2016

Sculpture size: 80”x60”x6 1⁄2” light box.

Part II:

Photographic sculptures

Reflects my personal story. I lived in Bushwick through the course of a decade, from poor immigrant art-student to "gentrified" landlord. This made me question and challenge the ambivalence of my feelings about this transition. The resulting sculptures are a combination of my photographic images of gentrified spaces, inserted into locally found, decades-old, fixtures.Loosely inspired by Gordon Matta Clark, the object becomes a hybrid of old and new, like the gentrified landscape.These photographic sculptures are all edition of 1, unique piece.

 

 

Door #1: Brooklyn, StreetEasy real-estate sales listings. Feb. 2016
       
     
Door #1: Brooklyn, StreetEasy real-estate sales listings. Feb. 2016

Sculpture size: 88”x”60”x6” light box

Door #2: Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, Racial tensions. 2016
       
     
Door #2: Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, Racial tensions. 2016

Sculpture size: 111”x”56”x41⁄2” light box.

Wythe Avenue & S 6th Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & S 6th Street - Williamsburg, 2016

 

Part III:

Takes a closer look at the human repercussions.The 'locals', the neighborhood's old-timers, are disappearing (through a visual metaphor) in front of the newcomers, portraying a new sense of social alienation. Graffiti is present as an interesting signifier of upcoming gentrification: it reveals a sub-cultural resistance, while being trademarked and packaged to sell the neighborhood to the highest bidders.
As in my previous work, I use the landscape as a platform for discussion. While exploring Brooklyn's gentrification I point out the socio-economical consequences of a new and changing environment. Even as we expand this view to the evolution of our global world, we must pay attention to the price we pay as a society.

Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center, 2016
       
     
Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center, 2016
Bedford Avenue & S 3rd Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Bedford Avenue & S 3rd Street - Williamsburg, 2016
Wythe Avenue & N 7 Street - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & N 7 Street - Williamsburg, 2016
Norman Avenue & Dobbin Street - Greenpoint, 2016
       
     
Norman Avenue & Dobbin Street - Greenpoint, 2016
Grand Street & Bedford Avenue - Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Grand Street & Bedford Avenue - Williamsburg, 2016
Meserole Street & Manhattan Avenue - East Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Meserole Street & Manhattan Avenue - East Williamsburg, 2016
Meserole Street & Waterbury Street - East Williamsburg, 2016
       
     
Meserole Street & Waterbury Street - East Williamsburg, 2016
Scholes Street & Waterbury Street - Bushwick, 2016
       
     
Scholes Street & Waterbury Street - Bushwick, 2016
Troutman Street - Bushwick, 2016
       
     
Troutman Street - Bushwick, 2016
Wythe Avenue & N 12th Street - Greenpoint, 2016
       
     
Wythe Avenue & N 12th Street - Greenpoint, 2016