Winter Shack is a 3-month long, temporary exhibition space built of reclaimed wood pallets found in artist Alex Branch‘s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. In the fall of 2013, Alex constructed the shack in her back yard calling it “Winter Shack”. During the brutal winter months of 2014, Alex and filmmaker/artist Nicole Antebi formed a collaboration and brought artists and writers together one night every other week to either respond to one anotherʼs work, the winter, the architecture of the shack, and to encourage outdoor engagement. From January to March 2014, it became a delicate and meditative space for people to produce ephemeral, collaborative work for the audience that came to experience it. During that first season, Nicole Antebi produced The Shack a non-fiction animation about the history of shacks, shantytowns, and improvised housing developments in New York during historic periods of severe income inequality.
Thanks to help from Demetrice Mills and Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, in the fall of 2014 Winter Shack moved to its temporary home at Classon Ful-gate Community Garden located on the edge of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill (474 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238). Originally established forty four years ago and maintained by many of its original members, the block association has generously invited Winter Shack to activate the dormant garden space for a third Winter Season!