Our project, “Right to Wynwood” explores the causes and effects of gentrification in Wynwood. Through interviews with developers, gallerists, artists, community leaders, and members of the local Puerto Rican population, we seek to tell the story of how Wynwood went from Miami’s oldest Puerto Rican community to its largest art district, and what that means for the future of the neighborhood. We want people to be aware of the peculiar way in which the neighborhood was gentrified—one of them being the use of street art as a marketing tool. It’s a story about Miami in every way possible, from art to culture to economy to community. Our film is a documentation of a unique part of Miami’s history that just so happens to be in process right now. Though people have been calling Wynwood the ‘Soho of Miami’, we’ve discovered that this simply isn’t true, as gentrification in Wynwood occurred in a completely different way, with entirely different motives.
We’ve also discovered that no one actually knows what really happened, have never heard the word gentrification in their lives, and for the most part are blissfully unaware of what has been going on in their own streets. Many people are exploring Wynwood, but no one is asking any of the questions that we are.
Producer: Camila Álvarez
Director of Photography: Natalie Edgar
Both a little sad and proud today after our last shoot for “Right to Wynwood“, the documentary @camialvarez7 and I have been working on / putting our souls into. It’s felt somewhat like an eternity and yet a quick glimpse at the same time. We’re at the final stages of this project that has led us to understand the complexities and the real story behind Wynwood. Can’t wait to share it with you all !
What inspired this video I created with the help of Nik Martinez was the simple thought of how powerful “Wanderlusting” truly is. I constantly encourage all of my loved ones to wander through unknown lands because I truly feel as though it is the most powerful way to acquire knowledge. Traveling more brings us a different type of awareness, one that removes us from our stagnant comfort zones. One that makes us realize how connected human beings really are. It makes you see the fact that we are slowly moving away from the concept of collectivism, and being driven towards more individualistic ideals instead.
The concept of the video is related to the experience of traveling itself. One doesn’t really know how each part (or place visited) fits together until the very end of the journey, once it has been seen from the holistic perspective.
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
PRESS PLAY & remember, TRAVEL MORE.