Bridging the Divide: Red Hook East, Brooklyn

  • Caroline Mardok, American Dream, 2022
  • Caroline Mardok, American Dream, 2022
  • PTSD: Paul Kamuf + Tony Schloss, Radiance, 2022


The artworks at Red Hook East developed out of an ongoing partnership with Red Hook Initiative, Pioneer Works, and local public school PS15. It is ArtBridge’s third exhibition in Red Hook. Like all of our NYCHA partnerships, this collaboration was supported by, and took guidance from, community liaisons and NYCHA leaders. The artist collective PTSD met with youth organizers from RHI weekly for the months of March and April and learned about NYCHA resident concerns, previous organizing campaigns, and life in Red Hook. Artist Caroline Mardok partnered with Sam Coleman’s 3rd grade class at PS15 and introduced methods of film photography, collage, and composition.

Photo credits for all Red Hook East Houses artworks: Paul Katcher

Caroline Mardok, American Dream, 2022

Journeying through time, Mardok’s mural portrays the American dream from the construction of the Red Hook Houses in the late 1930’s, through post-war American vehicular aspirations, to a Rorschach reality of the buildings today. Bookended by the rising waters of the Red Hook Channel—represented by blue swirls captured through cyanotypes—the mural foregrounds climate change as a central issue facing the next generation while also celebrating the tireless internal energy uplifting the community. Created in response to workshops held in collaboration with Pioneer Works for 3rd graders at local public school PS15, American Dream highlights students from the school, in addition to community members from Red Hook Houses, Red Hook Initiative, and Red Hook Art Project.

590 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY | @carolinemardok@ny.strong

PTSD: Paul Kamuf + Tony Schloss, Radiance, 2022

Radiance was created in collaboration with Youth Organizers at Red Hook Initiative. Like diamonds that glow in a mine, the youth at Red Hook Houses are bright leaders in their community. Just as a mosaic is formed from many pieces that create a greater whole, the work of the Youth Organizers accumulates from many small actions that support their larger community. A portrait of Sheryl Nash Chisholm, a tireless ally to the young people of Red Hook, accompanies the mosaic diamonds as both tribute and inspiration.

Hicks & 9th Streets and Centre Mall between Hicks & Bush Streets Brooklyn, NY

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