Reclaimed Ground


Reclaimed Ground

A documentary film
Directed by Nathan Kensinger & Nate Dorr
Color, 10 minutes, 2016

Reclaimed Ground captures the final seasons of a unique post-industrial landscape on the waterfront of Hunter’s Point South, in Long Island City, Queens. For decades, more than 30 acres of landfill had been left abandoned by the city on the East River waterfront, becoming a wild growing forest and meadow ecosystem. In 2015, this urban green space was completely bulldozed by the city, destroying an important coastal habitat.

Reclaimed Ground was created in conjunction with Chance Ecologies, an arts project inviting a group of international artists to explore, celebrate and commemorate the landscape of Hunters Point, before its demolition. In 2016, it was exhibited twice at the Queens Museum, as part of A Frame Apart, the film program of the Queens International biennial, and as part of the exhibit Chance Ecologies: Queens, and has been exhibited in galleries and video installations.


  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2024