Sep 272020
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We Built This City: Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza in Conversation

Photographers Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza discuss their artistic practices and the role New York City plays in shaping their aesthetic perspectives. Moderated by Abrons Arts Center’s Director of Programming, Ali Rosa-Salas.

Presenters: Destiny Mata Gogy Esparza

Moderators: Ali Rosa-Salas

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Abrons Arts Center

Supported by:

  • PhotoWings
  • Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Photoville 2020 Talks On-demand recordings are made possible in partnership with PhotoWings with additional support by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Photographers Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza discuss their artistic practices and the role New York City plays in shaping their aesthetic perspectives. Moderated by Abrons Arts Center’s Director of Programming, Ali Rosa-Salas.

Presenter Bios

  • Destiny Mata

    Destiny Mata is a Mexican American photographer and filmmaker based in her native New York City as she focuses on issues of subculture and community. After studying photojournalism at LaGuardia Community College and San Antonio College, she spent 2 years as Director of Photography Programs at the Lower East Side Girls Club. Mata has had work published and featured in Teen Vogue, Vice’s NoiseyVibeThe Source, and Mass Appeal. Mata recently exhibited “La Vida En Loisaida: Life on the Lower East Side” at Photoville Festival 2020. She has taken part in a group exhibition at ICP, “Concerned Global Images for Global Crisis” at the International Center of Photography 2020, Mexic-Arte Museum, Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@ 2016 and in 2014 she exhibited photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the Museum of New York City’s, “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy” exhibition.

  • Gogy Esparza

    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 ARTFORUMPurple DiaryThe New York Times, VOGUEInterviewRichardson MagazineCulturedVICEi-DOfficeDAZEDGRINDOllieEYESCREAMHIGHSNOBIETYHypebeast and Studio Magazine by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Moderator Bios

  • Ali Rosa-Salas

    Ali Rosa-Salas is the Vice President of Visual and Performing Arts of Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center.


  • Abrons Arts Center

    Abrons Arts Center

    Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary 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 performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

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