Emily Najera • West Grand
Emily Nareja is an artist and educator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her research as a photographer examines forms of architecture as vernacular artifacts. Partnering with historic preservationists and urban planners, Emily documents and archives the changing landscape of city neighborhoods. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Photography at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Additionally, she has held teaching appointments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.
The work documents West Grand, a Midwest neighborhood located on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan. These beloved views convey a sense of place, a neighborhood rich in history and cultural identity. However, as growing trends of revitalization and redevelopment sweep through the city, these distinct views are vulnerable to disappearing. Each image serves as an archive of place showcasing the familiar and often forgettable daily landscape.