Basement sanctuaries / druk 1

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ISBN: 9789053308196
Verschijningsvorm: Paperback
Auteur: Gesche Wurfel
Druk: 1
Pagina's: 60
Taal: Engels
NUR: Fotografie, film, video als kunstvormen

Basement Sanctuaries explores the ways in which superintendents

decorate basements of apartment buildings in Northern Manhattan,

New York City by illuminating the process of migrant adaptation to

the metropolis from an intimate perspective. Superintendents are

caretakers that usually live in the basements of apartment buildings

with ten or more units. They are in charge of the building on behalf

of the owner, maintain its public areas and the building's mechanical

and technical systems, do repairs in the apartments and deal with the

tenants' concerns. Most of the supers in Northern Manhattan are

migrants from Latin America or the Caribbean. During the process of

apartment hunting in Northern Manhattan, Wurfel discovered these

unexpected and innovatively decorated areas. The repeated themes

of cultural, national, and religious origins suggest that similar

impulses drive the decoration process for different supers. However

the photographs also show the diverse ways in which supers have

personalised their multifunctional living/work spaces and have

created a uniquely intimate space in the basement of New York City.

Grey Matters Series

This is the fourth volume in the Schilt Publishing Grey Matters series

following on from Matthew Murray's SKA, Chiara Tocci's Life After

Zog, and Lucia Ganieva's Ermitazhniki.

Gesche Wurfel, born in Bremerhaven,

Germany, has lived in the United

States since 2009. She gained a degree

in Urban Planning from the University

of Dortmund, Germany in 2003 and an

MA in Photography and Urban Cultures

with Distinction from Goldsmiths,

University of London, UK in 2006. She

was selected as one of the Bloomberg

New Contemporaries in 2007 and has

been exhibited internationally. The

Basement Sanctuaries series has been

awarded three grants by the Northern

Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Lower

Manhattan Cultural Council, and has

been exhibited at Field Projects NYC

and the New York Public Library.

Basement Santuries will be exhibited at

UPI, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY in June 2014

and at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland,

Oregon in September 2014.

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