Examining Gentrification in Eden Within Eden by Ricardo Nagaoka
Photographer Ricardo Nagaoka is undeniably tangled in the clutches of identity politics. Born in Paraguay, the Japanese artist moved to Canada as a teen and subsequently studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Today, he’s claimed Portland, Oregon as his adopted home. Consequently, it’s become the setting for his latest body of work, Eden Within Eden. Reflecting his own search for identity, the work aims to encapsulate the rapidly changing, predominantly African American neighborhoods of Northeast Portland.