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November 2018 - Art in the Gardens - Know Waste Lands

About the Garden:
Know Waste Lands is a community compost site and wildlife garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The garden is a space for neighborhood social and ecological action towards community envisioned solutions to the challenges faced by local residents. Through sustainable practices and habitat restoration, Know Waste Lands grows community, “creating a garden where human and non-human interactions are based on intrinsic value and respect”. The garden was started by BK ROT, a youth-led composting operations, and is stewarded by BK ROT youth and garden members. The garden also hosts volunteer days and other community events which are open to all!  For information the garden, visit their facebook page.

About the Art:
“Whose Street?”, which is located on the fencing of Know Waste Lands, is a community mural and oral history project by Cooperativa Cultural 19 de enero (CC 119), a creative collective conformed by partners Raul Ayala and Fernanda Espinosa. This initiative has been commissioned by the Create Change Program of The Laundromat Project and culminated in October, 2015.  Artists Raul and Fernanda talk about their community input process and the final piece:

“The outcome was a mixed-media installation project informed and inspired by the surrounding community. It addressed issues under the large umbrella of climate justice, and its intersectionalities with exploitation, displacement, and police violence. We believe that solidarity is a key factor to create a dignified environment across the different communities living in Bushwick. This mural's process and final product were meant to weave connections between the environment, gentrification, the lack of police accountability, and stories/perspectives collected from local neighbors. Our goal was to act as a platform to discuss solidarity and inspire us to work together towards reclaiming our public space. Finally, and most importantly, the project's objective was to open a space of empowerment for voices that often go unheard and to disrupt the dominant corporate visual landscape with images inspired by and for communities of color.”
Photo: "Whose Street?” on the fencing of Know Waste Lands by Cooperativa Cultural 19 de enero. Photo by Ariana Arancibia, GreenThumb

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