New Orleans  

a project by 
Shana M.  griffin

Beginning with the formation of New Orleans and its cartography of violence and racial slavery, DISPLACED traces the geographies of black displacement, dislocation, containment, and disposability in land-use planning, housing policy, and urban development in the city combining a timeline and atlas highlighting moments of refusal, rupture, and protest.

Initially created in 2012 as a timeline examining the intersections of racial and reproductive violence in housing policies and neighborhood development, DISPLACED has evolved into an interactive visual timeline and multi-media project.  Illustrating historic and contemporary forms of property-led development and the property value of white social identity through policies of disposability, divestment, slum clearance, urban renewal, and the privatization of public services, DISPLACED narrates the spatialization of race and gender in land use planning and development.  

DISPLACED  chronicles the institutionalization of quotidian violence in spatial segregation, discriminatory housing policies, and development schemes in New Orleans that reproduce systemic practices of racial and gender inequalities, social exclusion, and economic marginalization. 

Coming Sring 2018: New Interactive Website ​​

DISPLACED's new multi-media site will feature an interactive timeline with an atlas of displacement, maps, archival photos, and stories of resistance. The site will highlight pre-1930 housing conditions; chronicle Depression Era housing acts including the construction and location of public housing in New Orleans and the impact of federal urban renewal and transportation policies in the city; interrogate the violence of spatial inequality and displacement in current neoliberal housing approaches. The site will also underscore the dire need to ensure housing affordability and security of tenure in an increasingly gentrifying landscape.
  • How do we not allow current strategies to eradicate blight to become contemporary forms of urban renewal?
  • How do we disrupt historical patterns of Black displacement and dislocation?
  • How can urban development strategies actually overcome (rather than perpetuate) social inequality?
  • How do we create just and equitable housing policies and practices that center the needs of residents most vulnerable to housing discrimination and displacement in the rental market?

Shana M. griffin

Shana is a black feminist activist, independent researcher, artist, and applied sociologist.  

Her work is rooted in black feminist thought, praxes, and organizing traditions. She engages in research, organizing projects, and curatorial practices that attend to the lived experiences of the black Diaspora—centering the experiences of black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, carcerality, polluted environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination.

Her activism and research explore critical issues involving the political economy of reproductive violence and policies of population control and surveillance; the decommodification of housing and the politics of urban development; and histories of racial slavery and contemporary ways of existing in its afterlife. Her work challenges neoliberal ideas of choice, gender and racial assumptions about climate impacts, carceral frameworks of safety, and spatial narratives that value white social identity,

Shana is the co-producer and lead-researcher of Sooner or Later, Somebody's Gonna Fight Back , a documentary and multimedia project on the  Louisiana State Chapter of the Black Panther Par ty She is the founder of Assemblage , a curated pop-up and online collection of books, t-shirts, vintage wares, textiles, and vinyl.   Her current project, PUNCTUATE, seeks to provoke the use of black feminist discourses, organizing strategies, and geographic positioning to address intersecting forms of violence experienced by black women and their communities.    

You can learn about Shana and her work, here .
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message.