Decolonize This Place

Who is DTP? A collaboration between cultural producers and grassroots organizers across struggles and borders. Many of us are artists who, like Laura Owens, depends on art institutions and galleries to provide and support our livelihoods. The difference is in accountability and action by and for the people. Why is DTP here? 1) To connect Continue reading Decolonize This Place

Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network

The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) stands in solidarity with Defend Boyle Heights and the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (B.H.A.A.A.D.) in their November 8th action against Laura Owens, Gavin Brown, and the Whitney Museum. We stand in opposition to predatory gallerists and investors invading established communities for monetary gain. From Boyle Heights to Bushwick and Continue reading Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network

Defend the Hoods from LA to NYC! Solidarity Action Fact Sheet

Who Is Laura Owens? She is a painter based in Los Angeles, represented by the New York-based blue-chip gallery Gavin Brown’s enterprise. In 2013 she turned her 12,000-square-foot studio in Boyle Heights into the gallery 356 Mission, bankrolled by Gavin Brown. Many have called the gallery a “pioneer” of artist-run spaces in Boyle Heights. Since Continue reading Defend the Hoods from LA to NYC! Solidarity Action Fact Sheet

Letter to Laura Owens from the women of Pico Gardens & Aliso Village

We, the women of Pico Gardens and Aliso Village, want to communicate to you that together with other mothers from our Boyle Heights community we have fought for decades to eliminate violence and bring peace to our neighborhood. We erased the graffiti that promoted violence among our youth, we took away their weapons, and we worked Continue reading Letter to Laura Owens from the women of Pico Gardens & Aliso Village

Solidarity to Chinatown Art Brigade New York

As in Manhattan’s Chinatown, almost 80% of the residents of Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights are renters. In both cities low-income, working-class communities have fought for decades against shoddy governmental policies that primarily benefit wealthy property owners. Speculative markets, including art and real estate, continue to extract valuable resources from these urban neighborhoods built on the Continue reading Solidarity to Chinatown Art Brigade New York

BHAAAD: The Racist Myth of “Outside Agitators” and Building Solidarity in Boyle Heights

The current struggle against gentrification and artwashing in Boyle Heights has intensified since November of 2015, when community residents along with Serve The People-Los Angeles protested after the performers of the Hopscotch opera forced the Roosevelt High School marching band from their usual rehearsal space. In response, activists gathered at the site to demand that the opera Continue reading BHAAAD: The Racist Myth of “Outside Agitators” and Building Solidarity in Boyle Heights

QUEER REAL ESTATE IS NOT QUEER SAFETY

QUEER REAL ESTATE IS NOT QUEER SAFETY PSSST is a million-plus dollar real estate investment‭. ‬The founders and participants continuing refusal to side with Boyle Heights residents reveals the white supremacy and elitism that is at the core of this queer-and-poc washed non-profit art spectacle‭. ‬‭ ‬ The founders of PSSST also participate in high-profile Continue reading QUEER REAL ESTATE IS NOT QUEER SAFETY