Cian Oba-Smith, Syracuse

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July 2019

Cian Oba-Smith has recently returned from a month long artist residency in the US, where he shot this new personal project ‘Syracuse’.

Using the original 1937 redlining map of Syracuse, Cian retraced the areas that had been affected by this discriminatory practice and spent time in each of the communities. The practice of redlining decimated these communities and has had such long reaching effects that even in 2019 the poverty traps it created throughout the city are still there.