Can we Talk? - utobiographical reflection on New York City

Can We Talk?

12 Aug 2020 Manhattan
Homeless man wearing a rough road sign
Photo by Gogy Esparza

LOCATION: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park (Montgomery and Henry Streets) and Jobs Plus (24 Avenue D)



Can We Talk? is an autobiographical reflection on New York City, captured through photographer Gogy Esparza’s tender, fleeting encounters. Romanced by the transience of city life, he frames the poetic dynamics among signage, found objects, passerby, and their urban contexts. Privileging inner-city, East Coast, Latinx and Black lives and their rituals, Can We Talk? asks for a patient gaze so that one may reflect on the sentimentality, tragedy, and contradiction embedded in everyday‘s visual landscape.

Featuring: Gogy Esparza

Curated by: Ali Rosa-Salas


Gogy Esparza (b. 1987) is an Ecuadorian-American, New York City based artist who concentrates in photography and video. His photography project, El Vacîo (2012-14), was published by Dashwood Books and was featured in accompanying exhibitions with Comme Des Garçons in Berlin, and the Wayward Gallery in London.

He has also exhibited at the HVW8 Galleries in Los Angeles and Berlin, SO1 Gallery, DOMICILE, Just Another Gallery in Tokyo, La Pierre in Paris, the Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, 98 Orchard New York City, No Romance Gallery, Magic Gallery, and Know Wave Gallery in New York, Auto Body in New York and Miami, Good Taste in Miami, and Test Gallery in Copenhagen.

Esparza has collaborated with brands such as Supreme, Commes Des Garçons, NIKE, Adidas, Converse, and VANS, and his work has been featured in publications including ARTFORUM, Purple Diary, The New York Times, VOGUE, Interview, Richardson Magazine, Cultured, VICE, i-D, Office, DAZED, GRIND, Ollie, EYESCREAM, HIGHSNOBIETY, Hypebeast and Studio Magazine by the Studio Museum in Harlem.


Abrons Arts Center is the OBIE award-winning home for contemporary and interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performances, presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

The arts have always been an integral part of Henry Street’s mission. Their vitality was cemented in 1915 with the opening of The Neighborhood Playhouse, and again in 1975, with the completion and dedication of Abrons Arts Center, one of the first arts facilities in the nation designed for a predominantly low-income population. Today, Abrons is an essential cultural resource, providing diverse audiences with bold artistic work, while offering artists dynamic growth opportunities.

Each year, Abrons premieres over twenty performances, six gallery exhibitions, hosts multiple residencies for performing and studio artists, and offers one hundred different classes in dance, music, theater, and visual art. Abrons also provides New York City public schools with teaching artists, introducing more than 3,000 students to the arts.