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Speculative Spaces in Grand Paris: Reading JR in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gillian JeinORCiD



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This chapter engages with the spatial politics of aesthetics in the Parisian suburbs of Clichy­sous­Bois and Montfermeil. It examines how JR’s street art brings into view the lines of tension informing neighbourhood change. Firstly, the chapter explores how urban aesthetics have become important to gentrif ication analysis and looks at the commodif ication of socially engaged aesthetic practices via the “creative cities” ethos. In the subsequent sections, the chapter introduces a relational reading of JR’s artistic practice in “Clichy­ Montfermeil.” The central questions guiding the enquiries are as follows: What can street art tell us about the antagonisms shaping processes of speculation in these towns? What can its aesthetic presence reveal about shifts in spatial imaginaries that are disarticulating the banlieues as “deviant,” “no­go zone” to rearticulate them “as a hunting ground for seasoned investors” (Clerima 2019)?

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Author(s): Jein G

Editor(s): Christoph Lindner; Gerard F. Sandoval

Series Editor(s): Christoph Lindner

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City

Year: 2021

Pages: 221-246

Print publication date: 22/03/2021

Acceptance date: 01/01/2021

Series Title: Cities and Cultures

Number of Volumes: 1

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

Place Published: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv1hp5hpc.14

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789463722032