20 inkjet printed photographs, printed cardstock cover
4 1/8 in. x 3 in. x 1/4 in.
Cities change. Neighborhoods change. People change. Maddalena Polletta has created a souvenir folder full of her personal photos of the resplendently grubby Lower East Side of New York. These photos show fragments of the neighborhood’s latter heyday of crime, drugs and violence–a heyday which most New Yorkers of a certain age celebrate, usually without irony. How we have recast the bad old days as the good old days reveals as much about the present as it does about the past. This set of photos presents a very personal perspective of a place in time which instantly unpacks issues of race, politics and social justice… and nostalgia. Numbered.