Parallel Fields: Housing Justice

⚡️ Parallel Fields: Housing Justice 10/26 via Twitter Moments

IMG_8604Join us to explore the intersection of art and community organizing for housing justice with 2016 ABOG Fellows Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong, and Betty Yu (also known as Chinatown Art Brigade) and Cathy Dang, Executive Director, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, in a conversation moderated by Ben Davis, National Art Critic, artnet News.

Chinatown Art Brigade
Chinatown Art Brigade Group PhotoWorking collectively as Chinatown Art Brigade, Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong and Betty Yu’s ABOG Fellowship supports Here to Stay, a collaboration with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union, a grassroots organization that works with pan-Asian communities around tenants’ rights, youth leadership, and community empowerment. The project addresses themes of gentrification, displacement and community resilience in Chinatown through projections onto buildings and public landmarks in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Artwork based on oral histories, developed in community-led workshops, is directly incorporated into montages featuring graphics, illustrations, photo and video. Click here to learn more.

RELATED: Chinatown Art Brigade Takes a Stand with Anti-Gentrification Projections [INTERVIEW]

Cathy Dang
Cathy Dang is the Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, a pan-Asian organization that organizes low-income Asian immigrants for systemic and institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice. Their primary area of organizing is housing justice in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing. While living conditions can become deplorable, CAAAV fights for safe and healthy living conditions in addition to preventing massive displacement of long-time residents and families. CAAAV has organized on police accountability since the 90s recognizing that in order to win racial justice we need to tackle the system that perpetuates the root causes of racism and economic inequality. Cathy has organized in labor and community-led development for over 10 years with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the Retail Action Project and other grassroots organizations. She is originally from Ridgewood, Queens and Los Angeles, California, and a proud daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents who raised her in their nail salon in Downtown Brooklyn.

Ben Davisben davis headshot cedpBen Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and critic-in-residence at Montclair State University. He was formerly executive editor of and was one of the editors of The Elements of Architecture, the catalogue for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, New York,, The Village Voice, and many other venues. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013).

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Parallel Fields is a discussion series that pairs an artist and a non-artist, both of whose work is socially engaged, to discuss with an audience how different professions are connected.


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