GALLERY > Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn

Hiroki Kobayashi’s photographs of the endangered Slave Theater, once a hub for civil rights activities in New York, uncover a history that is at risk of being buried. Abandoned for years and at the center of a bitter dispute over ownership rights and competing visions for a neighborhood landmark, the theater’s future is uncertain. By re-presenting the politicized murals inside the iconic building in a new gallery context, Kobayashi re-introduces the soul of the theater and its history to an expanded demographic, possibly affecting its future.

"Slave Theater" by Hiroki Kobayashi
"Slave Theater" by Hiroki Kobayashi
2013