Bridging the Divide: Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn

  • Alden Quashawn

About Bridging the Divide, Red Hook Look & I am Here @ Red Hook Houses, Red Hook, Brooklyn, September 2020

Bridging the Divide is a series of ongoing artist residencies at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments throughout NYC. NYCHA provides affordable housing for 400,000 lower-income New Yorkers. Through this program, artists engage with residents through a variety of workshops and create artworks that empower residential narratives. The resulting exhibition is displayed in large-scale on construction fencing that surrounds the NYCHA development.

In 2019, lifelong Red Hook resident and photographer Alden Parkinson and Japanese sculptor Harumi Ori were selected by residents of the Red Hook Houses to participate in the Bridging the Divide: Artist Residency Program.  

They each created artworks inspired by a series of workshops they held with residents. Alden’s series “Red Hook Look” captures the creativity, talent, and leadership in Red Hook, hoping to give outsiders a glimpse of what Red Hook really looks like. 

Harumi’s series “I am Here @ Red Hook Houses,” features time-stamped moments in the neighborhood, carefully crafted by her signature orange mesh material and executed in large-scale digital print.

This public art exhibition was created for the residents of the Red Hook Houses.  Please be mindful and consider your impact in this community before choosing to view it in person.

Alden Parkinson & Harumi Ori

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Post-Sandy construction turns into art installation at Red Hook Houses by Monica Morales of WPIX 11

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