The Art of Gentrification

Kristiania Collective

What responsibilities do artists have to the communities in which they live and what roles can they play in supporting these communities?”

Writing collective Kristiania hosted a compelling panel discussion about gentrification and its implications on art and our communities. Moderated by DW Gibson, and facilitated by Joshua Furst, the panel included community organizer Nefertiti Macaulay, and writers Allison Davis and Suketu Mehta. Participants took notes on the panel on walls of the the front parlor of House #8A, keeping the conversation present in the room for hours after the panel ended.

Kristiania is a loose collective of writers who have come together to encourage each other’s work and put the means of production back in the hands of the people who write the books. The group will publish and support the creation of writing that does not conform to the commercial expectations of the contemporary publishing industry.  Though our personal aesthetic visions may differ, we are united in our belief that art plays an urgent and central role in challenging cultural and political assumptions and molding that which makes us human.