Brooklyn, 1991. A woman walks by a line of police during the Crown Heights race riots in Brooklyn. This was a three-day racial riot that occurred from August 19th to 21st and pitted African American and Caribbean Americans against Jewish residents. Credit: Mark Peterson
Pro-choice demonstrators in downtown Manhattan protest the July 3rd, 1989 Supreme Court Webster decision which limited Roe V Wade. This was a turning point in the pro-choice movement. 24 were arrested, including activist Mary Lou Greenberg, as they stormed the Brooklyn Bridge. Credit: Nina Berman
Day of Outrage demonstration at the Jay Street-Borough Hall subway station following the Howard Beach verdict on December 21, 1987 in which three defendants were found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Michael Griffith who was beaten and chased by a white mob onto a highway where he was struck by a car. Credit: Ricky Flores
A man protests the death sentence handed down against Mumia Abu Jamal who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer. Credit: Sylvia Plachy
NYC protesters take to the streets in response to the acquittal of the officers involved in the beating of Rodney King. Some Asian-owned groceries such as this one were vandalized. April 1992.
Credit: Linda Rosier
Squatters attempt to defend their building by blocking the street with overturned cars and trash before an expected attack by the police on East 13th Street. Credit: Andrew Lichtenstein
Tompkins Square Park riot, New York City, 1988. Credit: James Hamilton
Manhttan, March, 1999. Demonstration in front of the New York Stock Exchange to demand the indictment of the four policemen who killed Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old unarmed immigrant from Guinea. Credit: Frank Fournier
A protester is carried away during an ACT-UP Stop the Church direct action at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on December 10th, 1989. Credit: Brian Palmer
A group called “Women in Mourning and Outrage” hold up photographs of Amadou Diallo during a rally in front of the United Nations. The rally was held after the acquittal of four New York City police officers involved in the shooting of Mr. Diallo, who was unarmed. February 27, 2000. Credit: Ricky Flores
Fra rivendicazioni di diritti, rivolte e brutalità della polizia, New York è stata protagonista, nel ventennio che va dagli anni Ottanta fino al duemila, di numerose ed eclatanti proteste. La mostra conclusasi di recente al Bronx Documentary Center, Whose Streets? Our Streets!, ha raccolto alcune delle foto più significative di quegli anni, esponendo il lavoro di trentotto fotoreporter.
Oggi, generalmente, le immagini di manifestazioni, cortei e scontri sono fruibili in tempo reale e immediatamente condivisibili tramite i social network. Queste fotografie, invece, essendo vincolate al supporto della pellicola, non sono riproducibili in digitale.
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La mostra, proponendo al pubblico questi scatti, è riuscita quindi ad offrire prospettive inedite delle battaglie contro la censura o per i diritti LGBT, o sul processo di “gentrification”. Ciò che sorprende è l’attualità di queste immagini, che per la maggior parte raccontano di problemi tuttora presenti, e che rimandano ad un’altra epoca solo per particolari come le differenti uniformi della polizia, i tagli di capelli fuori moda o la mancanza di smartphone.
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