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AMIE SIEGEL: LOVE LETTERS. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 32 pp. 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783959050494 In English.
Publisher's description: New York artist Amie Siegel's latest art project in book form starkly portrays the rapid social transformations caused by New York's frenetic real estate market. Juxtaposing the photographic and the epistolary, race and class, displacement and gentrification, Love Letters presents scanned letters written by families, couples, Realtors and developers to mainly African-American owners of brownstones in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood experiencing rapid gentrification. The letters are portraits in persuasion, enumerating reasons why the owner should sell his or her home, and attempting to distinguish the author in the event of a bidding war. Corresponding pages show family photographs of the original owners in their homes. Through juxtaposition, Amie Siegel's collecting and arranging of two bodies of material -- presented without editorial comment -- creates a double portrait revelatory of a particular economic, racial-political moment. Amie Siegel's works in photography, film, video and performance trace the undercurrents of economic and political pressures facing urban communities today.
Artist(s):Siegel, Amie
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173007
Paperbound $23.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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