Neighborhood Time Exchange artist-in-residence Kandis Friesen's installation Redline
From the recent series Municipal Inventories, Redline is an abstract visual text on violent community displacement through gentrification and discriminatory policies, specifically focusing on the historic African-American community The Black Bottom in the neighbourhood of West Philadelphia, USA. The experimental animated work compiles contemporary and historical images of relocated neighbourhoods, the language of displacement, and the legacies of racist American housing policies to portray a conflated present tense of current tensions and resistance. Emerging from research and work during a residency in West Philadelphia, Redline takes the 1930s HOLC maps as it’s starting point, following the 'redlined' borders to the present, illustrating such insidious political legacies. The layered images – re-worked and re-projected within the video itself – feature maps of the evicted (now-diasporic) Black Bottom community, the redlined zone maps, archival city images, and topographical maps of contested U of Penn development plans, alongside a simple repeating text, ruminating on the language of displacement and the legibility of its violence.
NTE is a project of the Mural Arts Program
November 13, 2015