And the responses Bellorado-Samuels has received from the community show that her intuition was right. People from the neighborhood who had never entered an art space before have become regulars. What’s more, their disappointment in the space only being a temporary fixture has reminded Bellorado-Samuels of the importance of continuity for communities that have often been neglected.
Originally intended as a five-month-long traveling art space, Bellorado-Samuels is now in conversations about taking the space to L.A. and Johannesburg. As a longstanding resident of Bed-Stuy herself, however, she shares the neighborhood’s desire for “We Buy Gold” to grow more permanent, local roots.
For now, though, Bellorado-Samuels prefers that “We Buy Gold” remain an open-ended project—in keeping with the gallery being not a place for resolutions or answers, but rather a space to generate questions and dialogue.