There Goes the Neighbourhood

Cao Fei,
Digital c-print.
47.2 x 63 inches (120 x 160 cm)

There Goes the Neighbourhood

Artists |
Willie Birch, Kristin Bly, Amy Casey, Cao Fei, Dionisio Gonzàlez, Leslie Grant and Nina Pessin-Whedbee, Matthew Kolodziej, Eva Struble, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Catherine Yass

Curated by Megan Lykins Reich

MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
On view until August 16th, 2009

Press-release summer 2009 | ENG | PT (não está disponível)

There Goes the Neighbourhood explores the evolution of communities here and abroad. The exhibition focuses on how architecture and landscape embody a neighbourhood’s past, present, and potential future. The work on view examines places amid growth or decline, sites that hover somewhere between construction, deterioration, and renewal. The artists reveal how physical sites symbolize the human experience of change, whether simple or complex, invited or forced. Linking actual and anticipated shifts in communities across the globe, There Goes the Neighbourhood emphasizes the evolving structures and compositions of neighbourhoods in the twenty-first century.

The exhibition features artists from different regions and cultures who are responding to shifts in communities around the world. Some focus on particular sites. Representing blighted neighbourhoods in New Orleans, Cleveland, and Leipzig, the works of Willie Birch, Amy Casey, and Clemens von Wedemeyer uncover political issues embedded in the architecture of these places. Eva Struble and Dionsio Gonzàlez focus on marginalized Spanish, Brazilian, and Vietnamese communities and their complex relationships within their regions. Leslie Grant and Nina Pessin-Whedbee, with support from Carolyn Strauss of slowLAB and artistic contribution by Leah Beeferman, examine the Domino Sugar Factory and its evolving neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Other artists look beyond particular neighbourhoods to explore overarching factors effecting change. Catherine Yass examines the Three Gorges Dam, which has radically displaced or destroyed hundreds of Chinese communities. Kristin Bly uses a common structure – the front porch – to consider critical economic and social issues affecting neighbourhoods here and throughout the country. Matthew Kolodziej abstracts scenes of architectural construction and destruction to emphasize their allegorical value. Cao Fei expands the boundaries of community into the fluid environment of virtual reality.

As Cao Fei’s work suggests, neighbourhoods are not just constructed environments; they are performative spaces in which we build lives and memories. Yet, our experiences are tied to the physical architecture and landscape of our communities. Ranging in tone from alarm to ambivalence to hope about the evolution of these places, There Goes the Neighbourhood emphasizes the cycle of change, in which deterioration is inevitably followed by renewal and revitalization. In doing so, the exhibition asks us to consider our relationship to, and influence upon, the present and future expressions of our neighbourhoods.

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