White people love to talk about gentrification so as to make it seem like they actually give a shit about what’s happening to a neighborhood they’ve gentrified. But one of the people who it actually affects, Manuela de Cristo, a 25-year-old who has taken a picture of Bushwick every day for the last twenty years (she was a very precocious child), is holding an art show to display just how much whitey’s changed the area.
The one-night only exhibit, which de Cristo likes to call her “flash in the pan attempt at fame,” will feature all twenty color images in frames purchased from the 99 cent store on Knickerbocker near Starr. The images are not for sale, but acid will be.
“I just thought, you know, watching this whole transformation has felt kind of like an acid trip for me, so why not give everyone else a little taste of what it’s truly been like for those of us impacted by gentrification.” The art show will be held at de Cristo’s family’s apartment at 286 Wilson Avenue tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring money for drugs, ’cause you’re about to have a way existential trip.
Written by Genna Rivieccio