Saturday, July 26, 2008

Eminent Domain- Contemporary Photography and the City

Eminent Domain is showing at the NYC Public Library. You should go.

From the website:

Eminent Domain, based on a New York Public Library exhibition of the same title (on view May 2–August 29, 2008, at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), presents selections from the work of five New York–based artists who have recently created large photographic projects that take on the theme of the modern city. While none of the artists’ works specifically addresses the law of eminent domain, all of the projects deal in different ways, and to varying degrees, with the changing nature of space in New York City today.

Zoe Leonard's work really struck home with me. Leonard's documentation of New York's Lower East Side and Brooklyn reminds us of a time when mom and pop shops were the norm and big box stores the exception. My (our) neighborhood of Strathcona is changing as well. Strathcona is the oldest neighborhood in Vancouver and was, at one time, affordable. Now houses are being bought and flipped, apartment buildings and condos are going up and we are at risk of destroying the beauty and heritage of this area. It is a shame when the original inhabitants can no longer afford to live in their own neighborhood. The franchise coffee shop, Bean Around the World, just opened down the street. Next to that is the new development called V6A (the 1st three letters/number of the postal code). Their slogan is- A DIFFERENT CODE FOR LIVING.



"Suit Jackets, One Yellow" from the Dye Transfer Portfolio from Analogue, 1998-2007
Zoe Leonard (born Liberty, New York, 1961




"Income Tax, Rapid Divorce" from the Dye Transfer Portfolio from Analogue, 1998-2007

Zoe Leonard (born Liberty, New York, 1961)





"Artist" from the Dye Transfer Portfolio from Analogue, 1998-2007

Zoe Leonard (born Liberty, New York, 1961)




"Haircuts" from the Dye Transfer Portfolio from Analogue, 1998-2007

Zoe Leonard (born Liberty, New York, 1961)


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