An outdoor exhibition by Gregor Turk
March 10 – April 28, 2020
Displayed long fences near intersection of Howell Mill Road and Huff Road in Blandtown, Atlanta, Ga.
Blandtown artist, Gregor Turk raises a critical eye on the westside Atlanta neighborhood’s rapid transformation through his photo-based series entitled Red, White and Black. Output on vinyl banners and displayed on the area’s ubiquitous chain link fences, including those along Howell Mill Road and Huff Road, the series utilizes an agitprop style with high-contrast photographs taken within Blandtown along with text that offers up questions and commentary through wordplay. The artist intends to prompt a dialogue on Blandtown, its history, and its future with viewers. This program is supported by City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs through a Neighborhood Arts Grant in collaboration with the Upper Westside Improvement District, Blandtown Neighborhood Association, and the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management.
The first in a series of discussions on Atlanta’s Blandtown neighborhood. Conversation #1 features Gregor’s dialogue with Dr. Rhana Gittens regarding her recent dissertation, Displacing the “Black Mecca”: Romanticizing or Witnessing African American Historical Trajectories in the Case of the Atlanta BeltLine, which focuses in part on Blandtown.
Founded in 1872 on Atlanta’s west side, Blandtown was once a thriving African American community. Undermined by rezoning in the 1950’s and gentrification in the 2000’s, the neighborhood serves as a case study for current development, social justice, and land use issues relating to the greater city. The project was supported by a Virtual Arts Initiative Grant through Fulton County Arts & Culture.
Funded in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.