september, 2020

27sep5:00 pm6:00 pmWe Built This City: Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza in ConversationPresented by Abrons art center

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Event Details

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

Please make sure to also check out corresponding exhibitions Can we talk? and La vida en Loisaida (Life on the Lower East Side).

Featuring: Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza

Moderated by: Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center


Destiny Mata is a New York native documentary photographer. She is the former Director of Photography programs at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Her work has been published and featured in Teen Vogue, VICE’s Noisey, Vibe Magazine, The Source Magazine, and Frank151.

Destiny attended La Guardia Community College and San Antonio College, with a focus in Photojournalism. She exhibited her photography in a group exhibition titled Young Latino Artists 21: [email protected] at the Mexic-Arte Museum in 2016. In 2014, she exhibited photographs taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the exhibition, Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy at the Museum of the City of New York.

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 AĂŻshti 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.

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