||New York City’s community gardens are unique places, where people of diverse backgrounds find an oasis to grow their own food and enjoy nature and each other. As Irina Adam’s photography shows, they have also developed into artistic and cultural hot spots, places that members and the public decorate, exhibit, and express their culture and spirituality in—celebrations of nature and creativity!
From the East Village to the Bronx, the gardens abound with real and plastic plants, toys, artwork, nature divas, religious objects, furniture and decorations. Walking through them can feel like a stroll around the world, through collective dreamlands, full of history, memory triggers and surprises. Adam’s photographs emphasize the beauty, humor and magic found in these urban oases.