In collaboration with the poet Susan Weiner, this ephemeral installation, HARD, addresses the reality, experienced in a multitude of different ways by different people, of loss of connectedness due to gentrification. This work consists of an oolite rock and poetic text written within an architectural house plan for a middle class family. The oolite represents land being seized for investment while providing a place for a viewer to perch, uncomfortably, and evaluate the interlopers claim to “improve” the area. The architectural drawing and text is rendered in street chalk:
times, always changing
so much lost in gentrifying
HARD, is installed at 5301 NW 5th Avenue, Miami, in a neighborhood with an identity that is changing due to current day wealthy landowners and/or prominent developers.
Rosemarie Chiarlone (b. 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives and works in Miami, Florida. Her work addresses multifaceted societal and political issues utilizing language as image in diverse media.