Zachary Finkelstein

Dead Horse Bay
Artistic Discipline: Film/Video
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Marine Park

Dead Horse Bay is a short experimental documentary film. The project combines observational images recorded using damaged camera equipment and a location specific sound design to create a complex and layered portrait of the shoreline of Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn’s Marine Park neighborhood on the traditional land and fishing outpost of the Canarsee (Lenape) Native Americans. This project is motivated by the reemergence of physical remnants from the displaced communities that once inhabited this area of Brooklyn (Lenapehoking) – Lenape people, who were forcibly driven to the west and to the north, and later Black families and European immigrants who lived and worked on Barren Island, where the city’s horse processing plants were located until the early 20th century.