“As architectural fragments of homes, these re-purposed doors offer a portal to advocate for livable and just communities. The subjects in the photographs evoke feelings of social invisibility and exclusion, housing accessibility, abandonment, unsustainable redevelopment, urban displacement, and neighborhood transformation. The chipped paint and broken glass of these discarded doors are a metaphor for housing inequality in urban spaces. The images of New York City residents are windows to the many urban realities of historically marginalized groups. Doors reflects the poor living conditions of hundreds of people literally surviving on the streets. This installation invites viewers to re-think housing policy by reclaiming spaces, repurposing materials and restoring human values.”
Imagining a World Where Artists Decide Public Policy
This year, Queens Art Express commissioned 12 creators across disciplines to produce provocative new work that imagined a world where artists remixed public policy on Health Care, Housing, and the Economy. Raising the question, “What If We Made A New World?”, the collaborations were presented at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in Jamaica, Crossing Art in Flushing, and Artists Wanted in Long Island City.
What If We Re-Made U.S. Housing Policy?
The right to housing is recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and home ownership is deep in the fabric of the “American Dream”. But the foreclosure occurs across the nation, and millions of residents, including children, have experienced homelessness. In a new world, how would artists involve citizens and communities in creating sustainable housing for all? “What If We Re-Made U.S. Housing Policy?” features new collaborative work by Ran Hwang, Anna Lise Jensen, Carlos Martinez, and Queen GodIs. Exhibitions and performances that imagine a world where artists remix public policy were presented in partnership with Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning & A Better Jamaica, Inc.
Queens art festival to shape our world, Alan Krawitz, Times Ledger
What if we re-made U.S. housing policy?, Queens Public Television
Queens Art Express Festival Tackles National Problems, Lisa McDivitt, NY1
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What If We Made A New World? by Queens Council on the Arts
The following photo set by Ed Marshall. Queens Art Express Festival 2012, a project of the Queens Council on the Arts, is a spring arts festival of exhibitions, events, performances, and great places to eat in the vibrant cultural communities of Queens, NY, along the route of the No. 7 train and beyond.