How to see in the dark

How to see in the dark looks to artists who share an interest in the politics of visibility. Toward these concerns, these artists make use of aesthetic and conceptual strategies that privilege the opaque, encrypted, or clandestine. Works in the exhibition negotiate tensions between representation and abstraction, assimilation and interference, action and withdrawal, mastery and unknowing. Folding into darkness, the exhibition invests in improvisational choreographies of refusal and failure, finding respite in the dissolution of figure-ground, near and far, and the thwarting of an easy read.


Artists: Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall, Kerry Downey, Baseera Khan, and Tuesday Smillie


Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. They have recently organized exhibitions at Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; The Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; The International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY; and the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. They are a 2017-2018 AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center. They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College.

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, a program of Artists Alliance Inc, was founded in 2001 to foster a deeper connection between contemporary art and the local community, to provide an alternative space within the Essex Street Market to showcase emerging artists and emerging ideas, and to serve as a platform for curators to challenge dominant exhibition models.

Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Residency is made possible through the generosity of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
Image: Kerry Downey, How to see in the dark, 2017, Still from single channel video. Courtesy of the artist.