Jamaica Flux, 2016
I chose to focus on Jamaica, Queens - site of exhibition and a neighborhood of many foreclosures. My proposal consists of two uses for the city's empty buildings: to be used for artist residencies that offer literacy services and, secondly, for headquarters that promote Jamaica, Queens, as the place Paul Bowles grew up. A site to display his writings and translations of Moroccan folk tales, produce concerts of his music as well as the Berber folk music he recorded during field trips in the late 1950's and early 1960s.
Archival inkjet prints, dimensions variable
William P. Miller Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY
Once you nearly complete your round around the space, you come across Anna Lise Jensen’s pieces. A combination of photographs taken in Jamaica, Queens coupled with excerpts of Paul Bowles, a Jamaica native, writing from his time spent in Tangiers. Jensen’s pieces were an inspiring way to end the show. While the other artists provided the public with the different realities of homelessness, she offers ways to deal with urban abandonment and displacement; focusing specifically on Jamaica. By keeping her proposal on a local level, I think Jensen instilled a feeling of community and alliance, a feeling you should walk away with.