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.
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 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.
Can We Talk?
Featuring: Gogy Esparza
Curated by: Ali Rosa-SalasView Location Details Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park
216 E Broadway,
Location open 24 hours
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.Learn More