B4 & After the Studio Pt. 1

2019, 11:02 min, color, sound, HD video

Commissioned in 2019 for an exhibition at the Hudson Yards art space The Shed, B4 & After the Studio Pt. 1 examines the intertwined relationship between art and real estate development, repurposing a text on the 1988 Tompkins Square Riot and an excerpt from Sharon Zukin’s 1989 book Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change. To Zukin, the artists’ lofts of SoHo acted as agents of ‘revalorization,’ converting industrial space into cultural capital, in turn clearing the way for the conversion of downtown space into terrain fit for “high-class use.” Paired with accounts of the city’s aggressive crackdown on homeless encampments in the East Village, B4 is a self-reflexive consideration of gentrification, “artwashing,” and the pernicious underside of urban renewal.