Gal Amiram

A Small Typology Of Boarding Up In Hollywood

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the tumeloutous US elections of 2020, wave after wave of protest flooded my neighborhood of Hollywood—a central site of gathering in the city of Los Angeles. Despite largely peaceful gatherings, business owners and corporations in the neighborhood began boarding up their storefronts out of a concern for the wellbeing of their property. Following Ed Ruche’s series of typological cutouts of the city of Los Angeles, I created a small typology of boarded up stores in Hollywood. This series documents the community’s aesthetic response to a contentious political moment and captures how deep tensions are inscribed to the facade of buildings.