site of friction + placemaking
ROOTED IN CURIOSITY and attention to place, the ArtFarm Observing Sites of Friction series turns to the margins and informal edges of urban space to notice ever-emerging forms of creativity. By mixing notions of landscape and contamination, discarded material, and layered images, the series displays a journey to understand the Somerville ArtFarm, a 2.1-acre site of former a waste transfer station and trash incinerator, which now awaits further construction to become a community-visioned innovative, sustainable, and inclusive outdoor common space.
OBSERVING SITES of FRICTION intends to raise curiosity about the ways in which we come to know places, and acknowledge the messy, undefined, and temporary qualities of our surroundings.
Observing Sites of Friction, 2019 | Tower Gallery, Tufts University