New Landscapes in the Republic of Property
While Vancouver continues to morph before our very eyes, the DTES still holds fast as a kind of Ground Zero, a place where the tactics of gentrification were forged and the strategies for community resistance keep getting refined. Whether its Hollywood North set dec’s turning local streets into a staging ground for the Marvel Universe, Port Authority privateers pumping more tankers and container traffic into the inner harbour or Robber Baron developers running rampant (on a field of Panama green), flipping tiny parcels of former refuge into huge chunks of change, the real owners, the people who put their lives on the line to build neighbourhood, thankfully, keep getting in the way. The view corridors may be more exclusive and the familiar landmarks harder to locate, but the big picture is still there for all to see. People, the Planet, not Profits. Here’s a few images that try and keep track of what’s really at stake.
I’m going to be away most of this summer at a residency, putting together a new project and these photos are kind of studies or sketches for some of the sculptural pieces that I’ll be working on. Notes to myself, or maybe just postcards from home. Hope you’re all well, see you in the fall. xs