DE-CONSTRUKT founder Laura Arena on her NYC residency space, co-living, and collaboration

NYC Artist and Human Hotel host Laura Arena in DECONSTRUKT – a creative residency space for collaboration and co-living.

Photo: Ventiko

Artwork on the walls of Laura’s creative space. Photo: Ventiko

This is a hard time to do almost anything. But it’s an especially difficult time to run an art space – and to be a Human Hotel. Laura is both! 

From her base in Red Hook, Brooklyn, she runs what she calls: “A project space for living, creations, and experimentation” out of an old factory building. The space pretty much resembles anyones New York-daydream. Including huge skylights and an amazing view of Manhattan. 

“Amazing” is also a fitting word for Laura and her multidisciplinary energy.  

“I can’t seem to stay in one place very long which can make things difficult sometimes. My sister says I’m a butterfly. I kind of like this idea. I’m a designer, curator, activist, and artist living between Brooklyn and Berlin, and sometimes other places”, Laura tells us. 

We were happy to tell Laura that we found her a great roommate the other day! A female entrepreneur and start-up founder is moving in this month. Which is not just a great human match, but an important part of keeping this unique Red Hook art space alive and covering bills. 

Laura’s own work encompasses photography, video, installation and writing. Often in the form of social interventions with a focus on storytelling, human rights causes, gameplay, and identity. She has exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide – and like ourselves – have never done any of this for the sake of profit. 

So it feels more than satisfying to be able to help someone like Laura continue her work and programming. We are so thrilled to feel the community working. It might not be much yet. But everything counts right now. 


Stay strong out there. We’ll get through this together!

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