East of Center: Locals in Focus
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 into the streets incorporating wheatpasted images of these photographs and text overlays on public 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.
In 2016, the Eastside became the home of a re-branding effort called Eastpoint. The city movement reintroduced old and historic neighborhoods to new residents, developers, and investors. Gentrification is a strong force throughout all major cities across the United States and San Antonio’s Eastside and East of Center brings forth displacement felt in a historically Black neighborhood.