“Belonging through land/scape” (continued, p.819-825)

by hlegris

-“The cultural landscape mediates our being in the world” (819).

-“…the idea of landscape as materialized discourse” “‘landscape is tension'” “…how landscapes work still matters, even as how they matter is also important” (820).

Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (IMMAG) + Northeast Lexington Initiative (NELI) – Issac Murphy: famous African American Jockey – the garden is on marginal land and Thoroughbred park is the gateway to the garden space.

-Goal with presenting a historical geography of IMMAG: “a cultural landscape might be marshaled to effect a politics of belonging by some people who live their everyday lives in and through one particular part of the racialized city” (821).

-Thoroughbred Park and 1. race/class divide 2. naturalization of ‘a’ story as ‘the’ story of the horse industry…”very white and rich landscape” that writes out and covers over the neighborhood where many jockeys and workers in the horse industry actually lived – what is not sanctioned by this public monument? (821)

-“Thoroughbred Park is a normative landscape, telling in tangible, visible form (both through presence and through absence) a selective story of regional identity which reverberates in ideas about belonging (who does; who does not); a story that ultimately writes out of the picture certain people and neighborhoods and their place in urban life and landscape. Thoroughbred Park claims territory, and (re)draws the boundary lines of belonging for resident and visitor alike…” (822)



-The IMMAG is central to creating a place of belonging and shows, alternately, that “we have the ability, if even in small incremental ways, to effect change in and through the landscape, to challenge and alter its physical fabric and symbolic meanings” …landscapes as “points of intervention, moments or places where we might seize the opportunity to enact a (slightly) different version of the world” (823).

-story about the gate…”the line persists” (823)

-“land and landscape as symbols, representation, markers of belonging…land and landscapes matter…they work to mediate and constitute belonging–to a community, as a citizen, to a city, to a nation…these stories are predicated on the fact that marginalized people have, perhaps in part, been denied belonging through land and landscape” (824).