Curator Tour with Danilo Machado, “Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text”

Terri Smith

January 25, 6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Join us on Saturday, January 25 from 6:30 – 7:30 at Franklin Street Works for one last tour of our current show, “Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text,” with guest curator Danilo Machado. The exhibition shows how acts of erasure can uphold and subvert authority. This free, public event is sponsored in part by the Stamford Arts & Culture Community Arts Partnership Program.

On view from September 21, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020, Franklin Street Works fall group exhibition “Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text,” is curated by Danilo Machado and explores how 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. Otherwise Obscured examines relationships between the erasure of text through redaction and illegibility and the erasure of bodies through policy and violence. The exhibition’s title riffs on poet Ángel García’s definition of erasure in the 2019 essay Lessons on Erasure.

The intergenerational group of artists presented engage with a range of source materials—including government legislation, museum catalogs, 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 subvert notions of authority.

Exhibiting artists: 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