Stamford’s Franklin Street Works opens ‘Otherwise Obscured’ exhibit
A free, public opening reception for Franklin Street Works newest, original exhibition, “Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text,” is taking place Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition, running through Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, is curated by the Brooklyn-based Danilo Machado, who was raised in Stamford and is a UConn-Stamford graduate. Click here for details on the reception, which will also include a performance by Joey De Jesus that will take place organically throughout the space during the opening.
“Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text” examines relationships between the erasure of text through redaction and illegibility and the erasure of bodies through policy and violence, the gallery said. Tactics of erasure can be used to uphold systems of oppression and colonization, but can also be counterpoints — artists can turn a subtractive act into an additive one, poke holes in the colonizer’s language and logic and queer temporal spaces and histories. The exhibition’s title riffs on poet Ángel García’s definition of erasure in the essay “Lessons on Erasure” (2019).
The intergenerational group of artists presented engage with a range of source materials — including government legislation, museum catalogs, immigration forms and archival photography — to create work in video, audio, performance, poetry and other media. The works in the show blur distinctions between obscuring and revealing, showing how acts of erasure can uphold and subvert notions of authority. The exhibition intentionally decenters the white, normative gaze and instead centers marginalized artists.
Exhibiting artists include Phil America, Bahar Behbahani, Hannah Black, Jesse Chun, Noelle de la Paz, Joey De Jesus, Alex Dolores Salerno, Francisco Eraso Jr., Noah Fox, Jenny Holzer, Tony Lewis, Ana Mendieta, Oscar Muñoz, Niina Pollari, Pope.L, Wendy Red Star, and Jennif(f)er Tamayo
Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin St., Stamford. Gallery hours: Thursdays-Sundays noon-5 p.m. 203-595-5211.