Curated by: Jaishri Abichandani with team Derrick Adams, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Maymanah Farhat, Edwin Ramoran, Jasmine Wahi, Raul Zamudio
Artists: Samira Abbassy, Ibrahim Ahmed III, Firelei Baez, Ruby Chishti, Annabel Daou, Dahlia Elsayed, Chitra Ganesh, Julie Heffernan, Musa Hixson, Emma K. McCagg, Rafael T. Melendez, Dmitry Morozov, Kevork Mourad, Petros Pappalas, Antonia Perez, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Sumayyah Samaha, Larilyn Sanchez, Hiba Schahbaz, Shane Aslan Selzer, Edgar Serrano, Teresa Serrano, Wojtek Ulrich, William Villalongo, Roberto Visani, and Richard Oliver Wilson
EFA Project Space announces The Emo Show, a dynamic curatorial experiment conceived of and organized by artist and curator Jaishri Abichandani. The Emo Show brings together a diverse group of New York City based curators who have been asked to present artists’ work based on its personal, emotional impact.
Abichandani borrows ancient Indian aesthetic codes for the organizational framework of the exhibition. Rasa Theory is an ancient Indian philosophy used to classify emotional states elicited by aesthetic experiences. Generally broken down into the following categories: Love, Valor, Grief, Humor, Wonder, Fear, Revulsion, Anger, Tranquility; works are created and presented utilizing a coded system where specific colors and symbols represent and evoke these particular feelings within the viewer. Using this system, each curator chooses local emerging and mid-career artists to present in The Emo Show.