Shifting Communities highlights dynamic initiatives in culture and the arts currently at work in the margins of the art world and American society. The goal of this project is to create a paradigm where community-centric contemporary art and artist think-tanks can be a tool for public service; a language for the exploration and investigation of the broader aspects of culture and society; and a magnet that can bring different cultures and ideologies together in order to strengthen a more inclusive definition of community.
In the third exhibition of the series, Action Club, Hatuey Ramos-Fermin and Elizabeth Hamby present:
“When the Bronx was burning, Casa Amadeo was holding it down…” -Antonio Montero
Casa Amadeo record shop is a cultural treasure trove preserving the history and vitality of Latin music in the South Bronx. By choosing it as a launch pad, these artists are able to explore ideas of community, collaboration, and culture. In response to challenges they each have in their individual artwork and their shared concerns about the responsibilities of socially engaged art, the artists gave each other assignments that respond to Casa Amadeo’s rich social, visual, and acoustic space.