Gordon Parks, Invisible Man Retreat, Harlem, New York, 1952, gelatin silver print, 24 × 20". From “Something (you can’t see, on the other side, of a wall from this side) casts a shadow.”

“Something (you can’t see, on the other side, of a wall from this side) casts a shadow


In recent years, and in successive waves, San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district has been transformed from an industrial zone inhabited by large working-class and transient populations to a “revitalized” commercial and cultural hub filled with upscale condos and dot-com offices. Shortly after Airbnb opened its new headquarters there last year, city officials forcibly removed homeless encampments under the freeway overpasses that crisscross the neighbor-hood. Less than a block away at SOMArts, one of the city’s few surviving nonprofit art spaces, independent curator Juana Berrío recently staged a multi-disciplinary show featuring seventeen artists who explore not only the political but the personal and experiential dimensions of homelessness and urban space, reflecting on what it means to live, work, and walk in a city pervaded by everyday violence and unfathomable inequality.

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