Jeanette Joy Harris Vanishing Discotecas

March 11, 2016 – April 16, 2016 Project Space Gallery

Vanishing Discotecas (Vanishing Nightclubs) is a photography and video installation that responds to ongoing economic development in East Downtown Houston. Harrisburg Avenue, where the photos were taken, has seen significant changes since the planning and construction of the light rail. The cultural clash between long-time residents and new commercial and residential owners can be seen as the architecture of the community changes.  The work portrays two distinct perspectives of the discotecas. Daytime photos illustrate the seemingly “seedy” character of the buildings as perceived by real estate developers while nighttime photos and videos show illuminated buildings inviting patrons from the surrounding neighborhood.