New York City is a place of perpetual change, but perhaps this has its limits. I’ve only lived here for about twelve years, but the past two or three have felt particularly different and especially precarious for the arts and for artist communities. Accordingly, this feels like the perfect moment and venue to bring together a group of New Yorkers to reflect on the changes that have happened to this city in recent years, and to discuss how they have impacted the creative sector.
One balmy spring night around the turn of the last millennium I had my first orgasm pressed tightly against the lanky object of my teenage lust on a pier jutting out from downtown Manhattan into the Hudson River.
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As the state continues to selectively nurture and kill, BRUJAS asserts from the border to our local skatepark the need for young people to work together across difference, against oppression.
If the Goldilocks story was set in New York, she’d say “Ughh. This city is too expensive, too corporate, too bougie, too crowded, too noisy.”
I had specific, personal reasons for closing my gallery, but I also I saw ominous, unavoidable changes in the art market which are analogous to changes in the broader economy.
By the time I immigrated to New York from my native Coyoacán, Mexico to study photography when I was nineteen, I had already used, or built, six darkrooms.
There had been a lot of pressure from these landlords over the years. It often felt like a Damocles’s sword hanging over my head. For all the anxiety of that, I stayed because I felt that the loft had been an amazing gift.
Despite the potential of this burgeoning movement and successes so far, it can still be hard not to feel defeated by the crushing weight of the changes to the city. But as we’ve seen, New Yorkers continue to persist.