Through the accelerated redevelopment of the city, Miami and much of South Florida have seen a rapid transformation of the urban landscape. These changes are rooted in a booming real estate market that is pricing out residents from their neighborhoods. In most cases, these changes appear invisible.
The quick transformation of these spaces leaves no trace of their history; it becomes imperceptible for many. This Community wants to make this visible. To publicize it to a larger audience.
This Community is an installation that includes a series of photographs that show the fragility of these communities. It includes a 5-image salon-style installation which highlights the places at the cusp of change.
Above the photographs, a large neon sign reacts to the visitor’s movement: Unlike a regular sign, the installation interacts in relationship to visitors’ distance: The sign is partially lit, only showing the first two words: This Community. Once the visitor approaches the installation, a motion sensor, hidden within the sign, lights up the three missing words with the message: Will Gentrify Soon.