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Imagining De-Gentrified Futures Opening Reception

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An interactive exhibition to imagine socially-just futures for our cities and to rethink the assumed trajectory of urban development.

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Working class communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color across U.S. cities have been disproportionately impacted by hyper-gentrification and displacement over the last fifteen years. Is it possible to disrupt dominant narratives that depict gentrification as "inevitable" and a "natural" part of urban evolution—monolithic assertions that often come from real estate speculators, developers, extractive industries and the 1%? Can we harness our collective resources and trace a new trajectory that allows communities to flourish without being priced out of our neighborhoods?

Imagining De-gentrified Futures is an interactive exhibition attempting to imagine socially-just futures for our cities and aiming to rethink the assumed trajectory of urban development. Drawing inspiration from anti- gentrification resistance across the U.S., decolonization movements, and Afrofuturism, this exhibition gives permission to imagine, to dream, to unleash and explore ways in which socially-just futures can exist for city communities.

Featuring Work By:

Black Quantum Futurism

Imani Jacqueline Brown

Chinatown Art Brigade

Sandra de la Loza

Robin Holder

Betty Yu

Works on view take a variety of approaches to examine and suggest strategies for the challenges in cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York City's Chinatown and Brooklyn's Sunset Park.

Imagining De-gentrified Futures is curated by Betty Yu and will be on view at apexart from March 19-May 16, 2020.

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