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Emerging Artists - Salvador Espinoza

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Tue Mar 1 2016

‘We Will Be Here!’ : documenting the rapidly changing neighborhood of Dutch Kills, Long Island City.

When they reach a certain age, native New Yorkers have to understand that they can never go home.

With ‘We Will Be Here’, photographer Salvador Espinoza is documenting his neighborhood as it disappears.

Portraits portray surviving and former Dutch Kills residents among a haunting landscape of scaffolding and high rise dig sites – this is a particular moment in the life of a changing neighborhood: the old hangs on, the new rises up and swallows.

Espinoza’s work to date has been largely New York City-centric, documenting hip hop, graffitti, and local protest movements.

His work in Willets Point deals with another endangered vestige of the disappearing New York. Dutch Kills is one of New York City’s fastest changing neighborhoods, rapidly being torn down and replaced with luxury high rises and hotels.

As a lifelong resident of Dutch Kills, Espinoza used funding from Queens Council on the Arts to photograph subject matter that is startlingly close to home.

This exhibit is supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.