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Margins, Lines & Borders
Margins, Lines & Borders
Plants from local lots in Garfield Park. The paper was faded in the sun and blocked out with tape forming lines to "guide" my hand written text. I hand wrote my research onto the paper over the tape and blended in red pencil
5, 22"x 18"
2017



Margins, Lines & Borders is research of the Garfield Park and North Lawndale neighborhoods’ history and demographics from the Great Migration. I interviewed neighborhood activists from the Contract Buyers' League, who worked to stop redlining in Chicago. The handwriting is an interview and biography on Clyde Ross from the Atlantic Magazine, "The Case for Reparations," by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Contract Buyers League work to stop racist and unfair mortgage practices for black, west side Chicago residents a practice prevalent in the area for decades. The CBL attracted Martin Luther King Jr to their cause. MLK lived in Lawndale on 16th street for a summer to address poverty and, property and housing.

Margins, Lines & Borders speaks to the vacant spaces, absences, confusion, and conflicts in Chicago’s inequitable systems. These texts are the cumulation of research about the Garfield Park and North Lawndale neighborhoods’ history and demographics dating back to the Great Migration. For this project, I interviewed neighborhood activists from the Contract Buyers' League, who worked to stop the racist practice of redlining (banks who refused to finance black community because they are deemed a financial risk) in Chicago. The handwritten text is a transcription of the interviews and a biography on Clyde Ross from the Atlantic Magazine, "The Case for Reparations," by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The Contract Buyers League worked to stop racist and unfair mortgage practices for black, west side Chicago residents a practice prevalent in the area for decades. The CBL attracted Martin Luther King Jr to their cause; in turn, MLK lived in Lawndale on 16th street for a summer to address poverty and, property and housing.