“The Edge becomes the Center” The LGBT community has been both a victim and an agent of gentrification, creating “safe spaces” within ethnic neighborhoods only to be then pushed out when they have made those neighborhoods more desirable. In the 1980s Capitol Hill had already been home to the gay community before the impending construction of the convention center and nearby bus tunnel station shuttered the gay businesses in that area and pushed them up onto the hill. In more recent years young people with high incomes have replaced the previous residents and this once safe space has now seen a rise in anti-LGBT hate crimes. This piece is about how we inscribe meanings onto place and in turn places inscribe meanings onto us, the landscape becoming a physical reflection of that community which lives in it.
This show was a Video Exhibition, visible from the corner of 12th & Pike.