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Chinatown Art Brigade


Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Film/Video, Multidisciplinary, Photography, Social Practice



During their Residency at The LP, Chinatown Art Brigade will launch a collaborative, critical mapping project that centers on place-keeping efforts in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The long-term goal of the project will be protecting and preserving these historic neighborhoods. Here to Stay: Housing for the People Mapping Project will be a bilingual multimedia project featuring short video and audio testimonials from tenants who are directly impacted by displacement. CAB members will train tenants in the new media technologies of augmented reality and 360-degree video. These mediums will be used to unlock audio and visual place-keeping stories for future walking tours and virtual tours via web-based interactive mapping.



The Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is a collective of Asian-American artists, media makers, and activists with roots in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood. Their work is driven by a deep love for their community and the fundamental belief that fighting against racial and economic inequity is central to our cultural and art-making process. Since its founding in 2015, the Chinatown Art Brigade has facilitated a series of community-led responses to gentrification and displacement, created in partnership with the grassroots organization CAAAV & the Chinatown Tenants Union. Chinatown Art Brigade was founded in 2015 by artists Tomie Arai, Betty Yu (both The LP 2012 Create Change alumni artists) and ManSee Kong.



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