What Remains

By  |  October 23, 2017
All photos © Gesche Würfel All photos © Gesche Würfel

Artist: Gesche Würfel

Project: SE Raleigh

Description: These images, taken during an artist’s residency in 2015, reveal the gentrification of SE Raleigh, an historically African-American neighborhood first settled over 130 years ago by rural North Carolinians who sought closer proximity to the city. Recent increases in rent and property taxes have forced many to move out of their homes. Gesche Würfel documents the disappearance of a neighborhood that once thrived as a hub of “African-American business, education, and cultural life.”


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gesche Würfel is a visual artist and a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Würfel’s work has been exhibited, published, and awarded internationally, most recently at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Heavy Load-Bearing Body (Schwerbelastungskörper) in Berlin, Germany.