Site Specific Installation, Lower East Side of Manhattan
New York has historically been home to ethnically diverse immigrants, inspiring feelings and experiences related to migration, temporality, transformation, assimilation, or conflict. DRAFTspace hosted an exhibition series to provoke attention and discussion about this sense of rootlessness. The theme of rootlessness is connected to the unique space setup and location. The exhibit will not be held in a permanent gallery space. Instead, it will temporarily occupy a street-level vacant storefront that will be consecutively transformed to fit the different identity and characteristics of the exhibition. The Lower East Side where this event will take place has long been an immigrant neighborhood and has seen a series of immigrant communities pass through it. The area has undergone gentrification, starting in the mid-2000s and has since become home to upscale boutiques and numerous contemporary art galleries.