2019-2020 Visual Artist 
AIRspace Residency Exhibition

2019-2020 Visual Artist AIRspace residents Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.Arisleyda DiloneAlicia Mersy, and Charisse Pearlina Weston share work they developed during their residency period at Abrons Arts Center. The exhibition will be presented at Abrons, at Henry Street Settlement Campus sites, and online.

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• Wear a mask over your mouth AND nose at all times.
• Maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others at all times.

This includes the Abrons Amphitheater as well as all indoor spaces.

In Abrons Arts Center’s Main Gallery, Charisse Pearlina Weston presents her new series of work, nine physical poems, which incorporates colored glass into investigations of “the fold” as a spatial realm for/of Blackness. nine physical poems will be on-view from Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM.

In accordance with public health guidelines, we are welcoming 2 visitors at a time in the gallery. Reserve your appointment. Appointments are not required, but are highly recommended. As Abrons Arts Center will be closed to the public on December 6, 2020, Charisse Pearlina Weston’s nine physical poems will be on-view until December 5, 2020.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.’s photography will be presented outdoors on the exterior of Abrons Arts Center in partnership with the Photoville Festival 2020. His photographic works visualize moments of contemplation, self-possession, and intimacy. The ambiguous nature of the photographs is in favor of an expansive, incoherent, and timeless regard for what is pictured. Similar to how experiences are layered in memory, he considers how a singular moment may be recontextualized to glean something comprehensive, new, or unplanned for.

Alicia Mersy presents photographs from her project NURSES on the windows of Henry Street Settlement Workforce Development Center at 178 Broome Street. NURSES is a documentary project about the daily lives of New York City nurses. By presenting these stories and images, NURSES gives homage to those who choose a career in care and aims to remind us of the universal importance of empathy and compassion in healing.

On October 3rd at 7 PM ET, Arisleyda Dilone presents a work-in-progress excerpt from their forthcoming feature-length documentary, Y Este Cuerpo También/This Body, Too, which chronicles the filmmaker’s journey as a queer intersex woman in a clan of Dominican-American women. The film considers the literal construction of womanhood and femininity within their own family in an effort to make space for complexity, collective healing, and personal growth. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Dilone and film curator Dessane Lopez Cassell.


Elliott Jerome Brown Jr’s (b. 1993, Long Island) photographic works visualize moments of contemplation, self-possession, and intimacy. By privileging the interiority of individuals and communing groups, my work is invested in how people make space and less how they become clear to others. [website]

Arisleyda Dilone is a filmmaker, writer, actor and multilingual translator. Her films are rooted in capturing extemporaneous conversations through a tender lens. In 2015, Arisleyda completed Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito/Mom and Me and My Little Rooster (16′) which screened at BAM (Brooklyn Arts Museum), New Orleans Film Festival, Harvard University, and Mercer Union to name a few and Two White Cars (22′) in 2018. She has been awarded fellowships at UnionDocs Documentary Art Center, Queer Art Mentorship Program, and residencies at Squeaky Wheel Media and MacDowell Colony. Arisleyda is currently working on a feature length documentary about her intersex body and the construction of femininity in her Dominican-American family. She is a member of Diverse  Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater. [website]

Alicia Mersy (b. Montreal, Canada, 1988) is an artist and filmmaker of Lebanese/French origin who lives and works in New York. Her work uses the camera to connect to people and to the divine, nurturing her heart through theirs. Her work explores decolonial aesthetics and political resistance through digital culture, art, documentary and technology. She is the co-founder of the art office Malaxa. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at Institute of Contemporary Art: ICA, London (2017); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv (2016) and Migros Museum, Zurich (2019). [website]

Charisse Pearlina Weston is a conceptual artist and writer whose practice is grounded in a deep material investigation of poetics and the uses of the autobiographical, photography, glass, and installation in the service of black people. Her work combines disparate text, sound, images and transparent materials to highlight the violability and potentiality of blackness, of black female sexuality, and of their capacity to destabilize meaning. Her work has been shown at Project Row Houses, Unit 5 (Praz-Devallade Gallery, L.A.), Garden LA, among other venues. She has received awards from Artadia, the Dallas Museum of Art, and is a recipient of the 2019 Dedalus Post-MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. She holds a MFA in Studio Art with a Critical Theory Emphasis from the University of California-Irvine and will participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2019-2020). [website]


Alicia Mersy’s NURSES was made possible with support from Essex Crossing. Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.’s exhibition is presented in partnership with the Photoville Festival 2020, with support from Duggal Visual Solutions.

2019-2020 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency Exhibition is supported in part by a generous grant from the Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Credit: Alicia Mersy