"NYCHA's Flowers" Community Space at Public Housing Sites

UPCOMING: Exhibit Opening Reception at Bronx Council on the Arts on 6/18.

 

The Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism program in partnership with the Bronx Council on the Arts is opening a new exhibition by local photographer Latricia Morgan, exploring intergenerational community power at public housing developments in the Bronx.  The gallery will be open to the public and on display at BCA through July 18th, 2024. Join us for an exhibition opening with the artist on June 18th to learn more about the inspiration behind the work and ongoing community development efforts at NYCHA. Capacity for opening night is limited, please RSVP to attend.

 

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Latricia Morgan

2023-2024

Latricia Morgan also known as “The Artsy Plug“ (B.1996) is a New York-based artist, born in The South Bronx, New York City.

Her digital hugs come in the form of photographic art. Her practice explores the unique complex identities of underdogs within the Queer BIPOC artist realm by highlighting the attributes that make them special. She started taking photographs to uplift her personal self esteem and ended up sharing this gift of art with her community. She uses photographic imagery to reveal the beauty that lives within and vulnerability we may suppress. She creates memories, documents change, and captures greatness.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Refinery29, Unbothered, and more. Morgan is a photography studio owner, Education and Teaching artist in her community, and volunteers with young adults once a month. Morgan Holds a BA in Arts Management with a minor in Photography from SUNY Purchase.

Exhibition Gallery Coming Soon

We awarded our 2023-24 Photo Urbanism Fellowship to NYCHA resident Latricia Morgan to document community at New York public housing campuses, alongside our Green Space Connections project.

Green Space Connections is a collaboration with the Public Housing Community Fund and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) creating and activating community-designed green space at four public housing developments for 14,000 residents in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Latricia’s project will explore NYCHA’s open spaces and the of power resident-led community organizing.

On View at Bronx Council on the Arts 6/18-7/18 2024

Artist Statement

Born and raised at the Ruben Betances Houses in the South Bronx, Latricia documents intergenerational community at NYCHA through portraiture, bringing a lens of luxury to her subjects and uplifting the beautiful bloom and growth of the human spirit, combining mixed-media and texture. 1 out of every 17 New York City residents live in New York City Housing Authority. “I grew up in the NYCHA Betances Houses. I’ve watched the creativity brew in my community for as long as I was able to come outside to explore. The underserved and underrepresented communities that make up NYCHA are a garden to me that everyone here holds a stake in,” said Latricia Morgan, Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism Fellow. “Black and Brown seeds were planted in New York City Housing Authority Projects and have been blooming ever since. There is magic growing in these neighborhoods and it’s time to shine a brighter light on the flowers that bloom within these gardens.”

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