Gogy Esparza: Can We Talk?

Abrons Arts Center is pleased to be part of the Photoville Festival that will be held throughout New York City beginning on September 17, 2020. Together, both Photoville and Abrons Arts Center present work by Lower East Side-based photographer Gogy Esparza.

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.

Go behind the scenes and learn more about Gogy Esparza with this Artist Profile, shot by Brendan Burdzinski. 

Can We Talk? will be on-view outside along the gates of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park, located at Montgomery and Henry Streets and at Jobs Plus (24 Avenue D).

Exhibition Programming 

Opening Celebration of Photoville Festival 2020
September 19, 1-3 PM ET at the Abrons Amphitheater
Stop by the Abrons Amphitheater and take a map so that you can take a self-guided tour of the exhibition. RSVP

We Built This City: Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza in Conversation
September 27, 5 PM ET; Online
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 [RSVP]

IG Live Artist Talk: Gogy Esparza and art journalist Keith Estiler
October 17, 1 PM ET. Join us on Abrons Instagram Live.


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 featured in accompanying exhibitions with Comme Des Garçons in Berlin and the Wayward Gallery in London. He has also exhibited at HVW8 Los Angeles; HVW8 Berlin; SO1 Gallery, DOMICILE, and Just Another Gallery in Tokyo; La Pierre in Paris; The Aishti Foundation in Beirut; 98 Orchard, 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, Comme 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 (published by the Studio Museum in Harlem).

The Photoville Festival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City. This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. The Photoville Festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe – with free admission for all! The full public exhibition and online programming schedule will be announced on August 28, 2020. For more information please head to www.photoville.nyc


Can We Talk? is produced by Photoville Festival 2020, and supported by Duggal Visual Solutions.

Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Arts programs are made possible through the generosity of the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 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: Gogy Esparza