Read “How the Bronx was Branded,” a critical essay on art, real estate, and gentrification in The New Inquiry by VCS alumna Shellyne Rodriguez

Last month, The New Inquiry published an essay about real estate development in the Bronx by artist, community organizer, and VCS alumna Shellyne Rodriguez. Titled “How the Bronx was Branded: Art moguls, real-estate developers, city institutions, and local elites unite in the name of development for the few, displacement for the many,” the piece takes an in-depth look at the ongoing redevelopment that’s radically transforming the Bronx and disrupting the lives of people who have lived there for years or even generations. It’s an excellent study on the issues of artwashing, gentrification, and the resulting displacement of people who get priced (or otherwise forced) out of their homes, businesses, and communities. You can find Shellyne’s essay at this link or by clicking on the screenshot above.

Here’s more about Shellyne from her bio on The New Inquiry’s website:

Shellyne Rodriguez is a community organizer and a visual artist. As an organizer, she is an active member of radical grassroots collective Take Back the Bronx, who agitate and organize for community control of land and housing. As an artist, her work is a decolonial baroque practice which utilizes text, drawing, painting, found materials, and sculpture to depict subjects and spaces in contention with subjugation. Shellyne graduated with a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies From the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Fine Art from CUNY Hunter College. She has had her work and community projects exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum, and the New Museum. She is currently working on a permanent public sculpture commissioned by the city of New York, which will serve as a monument to the people of the Bronx.

Visual & Critical Studies