PORTFOLIO > Air Quality Performance with an interactive dress

air quality, health, wearable, interactive, south bronx, asthma, environment, environmental justice, socially engaged art, new york
Air Quality Under the Bruckner Expressway, South Bronx, New York
Photograph, edition 1 of 6 + 2 A. P. Archival pigment print
30 x 45 inches

The artist is wearing the Air Quality interactive dress as she is walking through the sinister under the Bruckner Expressway (Interstate 278 and I-95), an elevated highway dividing Mott Haven from Port Morris, where condominium towers are being built. There is a plan to «beautify» the underpass but there is no plan to improve the air quality in the area which has the worst hospitilization rate for Asthma in New York.

The heavily rusted car is a symbol of the gas engine vehicle era which we should be transitioning away from. City workers happened to be on the spot and are working in conditions which are not conducive to billiant breathing.