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Redline: Gallery Opening, Juxtaposition Arts
March 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“The sky is the limit to what you can have,” and in the sky, there are no borders.
Join us for the next gallery opening at Juxtaposition Arts. Celestia Morgan’s work explores the history of racially-based housing discrimination exemplified in Birmingham, Alabama with the appropriation of mapping and the mediating lens of photography. The exhibit will be up from March 15th—April 21.
The residue of redlining is both visible and palpable and continues to haunt black neighborhoods both locally and nationally. While the work in Morgan’s show looks directly at Birmingham, redlining, the practice of refusing economic services to a community deemed financially risky due to race was practiced in cities across the entire United States, including Minneapolis.
Morgan visually documents housing discrimination through the depression-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) security map, which categorizes neighborhoods from best to hazardous. The HOLC map of 1930 and current GPS mapping systems influence the geometric outlines in this body of work. These are beyond just walls or borders but birthmarks in the land, systematically imposed by society. This brings to question who gets to draw the line and dictate who gets to live where?
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