Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape brings together various disciplinary perspectives and diverse theories on art’s dialectical and evolving relationship with urban regeneration processes. It engages in the accumulated discussions on art’s role in gentrification, yet changes the focus to the growing phenomenon of artistic protests and resistance in the gentrified neighborhoods.
Since the 1980s, art and artists’ roles in gentrification have been at the forefront of urban geography research in the subjects of housing, regeneration, displacement and new urban planning. In these accounts the artists have been noted to contribute at all stages of gentrification, from triggering it to eventually being displaced by it themselves. The current presence of art in our neoliberal urban spaces illustrates the constant negotiation between power and resistance. And there is a growing need to recognize art’s shifting and conflicting relationship with gentrification. The chapters presented here share a common thesis that the aesthetic reconfiguration of the neoliberal city does not only allow uneven and exclusionary urban redevelopment strategies but also facilitates the growth of anti-gentrification resistance.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, urban cultures, cultural geography and urban studies as well as contemporary art practitioners and policymakers.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Art and Gentrification: A Dialectic Look on the Aesthetics of Late Neoliberal Urbanism
PART I: Art’s Conflicting Relationship to Gentrification in the 21st Century
1. Gentrification: A Critique of the Contemporary Urban Dream-world
2. Proximal Disruptions: Artists, Arts-led Redevelopment, and Gentrification in 21st Century Oakland, California
3. Arts, Culture and Neoliberalism: Instrumentalization and Resistances through the Case of Marseille
Mathilde Vignau and Alexandre Grondeau
PART II: Alternative Voices, Visualities, and Performances against Gentrification
4. A Listening Against Gentrification: Ultra-Red in Boyle Heights and Elephant and Castle
5. Representing the Anti-gentrification Resistance: The Role of Two Artists in a Local Community Market in London
6. Enacting ‘the Right to the Creative City’ in Berlin
PART III Community Building in the Gentrified Urban Space
7. The Urban Art, Landscapes, and Community Stories Project: Mapping Art, Narrative, and Community in St. Paul Minnesota
David Todd Lawrence, Paul Lorah, and Heather Shirey
8. Indigenous Cultural Resurgence, Hotel Murals and Neo-colonial Urbanism
9. Mapping the Old City: Street Art and Community Building in Nicosia, Cyprus
Tijen Tunalı is a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.