00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market]

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Created by Italian artist Andrea Nacciarriti, curated by Alessandro Facente, and commissioned by Artists Alliance Inc., 00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market] is an immersive architectural installation inside of the historic Essex Street Market on New York’s Lower East Side.

The history of Essex Street Market is deeply ingrained in the history of New York City. Along every wall, inch of floor, and vendor display, one can find traces of the generations of residents who moved through the space.

Responding to the building’s currently abandoned state, Nacciarriti will work inside of the historic location to realize a site-responsive intervention that reacts to existing environmental conditions—natural and artificial light, empty corridors, widespread silences—and introduces external objects produced by the artist. Marking Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space’s very last show in its old home, this final work unfolds along a solitary and mysterious path throughout the Market. A series of quiet and subtle gestures, these disappearing interventions become a paradox; the architecture’s fictional resistance to its impending destruction.

Support for 00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market] has been provided by Artists Alliance Inc, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Essex Street Market, Lower East Side Partnership, Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Q-INTERNATIONAL Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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