Exclusive spaces are everywhere, all around us. Whether they’re natural, physical, or metaphorical boundaries set in place in physical spaces, they are always present. Division shows itself through walls and barriers, but also through actions and the creation of a certain status. The creation of the “other”, throughout history is an inherent form of separation and asymmetrical power dynamics. Whether a wall stands between the onlooker and the affluent community or gentrification replaces the space with tech buildings and luxury apartments. The exclusivity of these spaces and the act of gentrifying work to elevate the idea of the “other”, a creation of status that must be obtained before entry.
These digital collage works/manipulations have been gathered from two of my on-going projects, No Vacancy and The Most Livable City, focusing on Pittsburgh’s history, gentrification, membership and the unequal access to housing. The collages critique the current political climate in which it has been seen that housing is not regarded as a basic human right. It looks at the systems and literal objects that have created the separation. Pittsburgh’s history is also investigated as the transition of wealth from steel/glass to tech/healthcare is examined. The images force the viewer to question the character of Pittsburgh and the status as the “most livable city”, as well as the exclusivity at work in these living spaces.