A site-specific installation by Andrea Nacciarriti
Curated by Alessandro Facente
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.
Similar to much of Nacciarriti’s practice, 00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market] scrutinizes the qualities that define the core of the spatial dimension by investigating relationships between space and the perception of it, social realities, historical context and current events. Carried out through mechanisms that are despoiled of their function and unpredictably redesigned, at the root of Nacciarriti’s research lies in the analysis of and failure within processes of transition. In this sense, 00 00 00 00 00 [Essex Street Retail Market] explores the sublime dimension of transition. It is precisely in this moment of stillness that Nacciarriti’s project will come to life, inhabiting a history at the point of stasis. In Greek tragedies, this term is defined as the separation between episodes in a story; it is the interval during which all activity is pending.
While stasis does not move the narrative forward, in practical terms, it offers the rare opportunity for reflection. In the moment that the former Market building was shut down, a physiological window, a void, opened. It is precisely at this time that the void can be rearranged to reflect on both what has been and the many chapters yet to be written. By occupying this space, both psychologically and physically, and inviting the public into the building for one final moment together, Nacciarriti’s work will augment the ambient life of the space; the installation will celebrate the invisible and save its remains from disappearance.