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In Place Of

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© Courtesy of Miguel Abreu Gallery
In Place Of
Curated by: Leah Pires

36 Orchard St.
10002 New York
NY
US
January 10th, 2016 - February 21st, 2016
Opening: January 10th, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Wed-Sun 10:30-6:30 and by appointment

DESCRIPTION

How does an act of withdrawal become legible, since its only trace is an absence? One way: through a placeholder—an object that occupies space in order to gesture toward a lack, an absent agent, or something that has been barred from representation. Sublimating rather than negating, placeholders stand in for something that cannot or will not express itself directly. They are a form of 'making do,' but not an end in themselves. As objects, they simply demarcate.

This exhibition brings together works that, in various ways, might be understood as placeholders: for information rendered absent for legal or political reasons; for invisible actors; for anticipated content; for unfilled desires or needs; for the otherwise forgotten; for those who chose to drop out; or simply because a surrogate was good enough.

An exhibition space, after all, is characterized by the presence of certain things and the willful suppression of others. Where better to examine our own investments?