Displaced Citizens Tell Their Stories at the Laundromat

10/27/2009 3:49 PM |

Wash and Play Lotto Landromat

Tonight, artists Michael Premo, Rachel Falcone and Oja Vincent will open a new public artwork—a series of interviews with and photographs of displaced, barely-housed and homeless New Yorkers—at the Wash and Play Lotto Laundromat in Fort Greene (81 Lafayette St, between Elliott Pl and Portland Ave, 6-8:30pm). The installation offers an oral history of housing in New York City, stays up through November 2 and is part of a larger exhibition at the art and architecture gallery Superfront (1432 Atlantic Ave, through December 12) in partnership with the Laundromat Project, which promotes work by artists of color who are trying to improve their neighborhoods with public art projects. Says Premo:

I saw my community (Bed-Stuy) being blown away. Everyday there’d be a store that would be closed, a neighbor you wouldn’t see anymore. And with these changes and gentrification I started thinking about how this has happened before with the Great Migration, so-called urban renewal and I became fascinated with the concept of home and cycles of displacement.