East of Center: Locals in Focus
In 2016, the Eastside of San Antonio, Texas became the home of a re-branding effort called Eastpoint. The city movement reintroduced old and historic neighborhoods to new residents, developers, and investors. East Of Center: Locals In Focus is a photo series that strings together the experiences of residents living on the Eastside of San Antonio, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in Texas. In vignette form, quotes and portraits of Black residents of San Antonio’s Eastside communities illustrate issues faced in a gentrifying neighborhood.
With the support of Luminaria, this project was extended onto the public space, incorporating wheatpasted images of these photographs and text overlays on street walls in gentrifying zones of the city. The hyper-visibility of their profiles and testimonies became an intervention upon the predetermined urban planning of the region by the city and developers. Gentrification is a strong force throughout all major cities across the United States and East of Center highlights the sentiment of displacement felt in a historically Black neighborhood.