Cargo Project Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Cargo Project Gallery
As a Spanish artist and arts manager, Kika Espejo is always looking for opportunities for her clients, many of whom are foreign as well. But finding affordable spaces to rent was challenging, and many didn’t offer any additional PR and marketing resources. So she decided to create her own space, that would advocate for underrepresented artistic talent in NYC.
“The main idea was to have a place to show not only visual arts but other kinds of creative practices that are less likely to be found on gallery walls,” she explained. “I also wanted to give the space for artists that are underrepresented in the art world today, like is the case of artists of color, immigrant artist, and female creatives.”
Located on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood, Cargo Project Gallery (CPG) helps amplify foreign artists’ voices in the New York art scene. Serving as a hub for exhibits, talks, workshops and classes, they hope to create more diversity in the industry.
Many of the artists at the gallery have worked with Espejo previously, but CPG also accepts proposals to rent the space. If applicants meet their standards, they can show in the gallery and get help with their PR/marketing in order to get the most out of their time.
Having kicked off their inaugural exhibit with furniture craftsman Joseph Chun, CPG has plenty of compelling programming planned for the rest of the year, including photography exhibits, motion graphic art and even a darkly comedic web series.
“My goal is to show works from artists that go beyond the aesthetic exploration and that bring reflections on subjects that are important to discuss or at least consider. This can be personal, social, political, or environmental, but the main focus of the gallery is to show works that says something!” Espejo explained. “I am so tired of seeing works that are intellectual and soulless. We need more art and culture that talks about life, about what is to be alive today and about this experience.”
More about Cargo Project Gallery can be found on their website.