The Body as Memory: Nick Simko, Caleb Cole, & Gabriel García Román

JANUARY 15 - MARCH 19 2022

Foto Relevance is pleased to present The Body as Memory, a group exhibition that brings together the work of three artists — Caleb Cole, Nick Simko, and Gabriel García Román — who each work with concepts of identity and queerness, both reaching into the past and looking toward the future. The group show, curated by Suzanne Zeller, Assistant Director, will run from January 15, 2022 through March 19, 2022. The Body as Memory investigates the ways in which the body interacts with the environment around it—the cultures it is born into, how it is viewed, how it views itself within that context, and how it imagines itself. It recognizes the queer body as a historical site of injustice, yet, through acceptance, presents the body as a site of exultation (and exaltation) instead. 


Caleb Cole, Nick Simko, and Gabriel García Román each tackle concepts of identity and queerness through the lens of their own unique experiences. Having grown up with a passion for thrifting and second-hand objects, Cole’s work reflects a deep desire to connect with histories lost to time, stories that are just as personal as they are collective. Simko’s interest in intersections of technology and authenticity tie into this discussion of recorded histories, questioning what is missing from the narrative and how much of that which remains is artifice. Simko tests the limits of photography’s ability to express his own queerness in textural, spatial, and atmospheric ways. García Román’s background in the Roman Catholic church inspired him to co-opt the aesthetics of traditional religious iconography to elevate queer beings of color who are underrepresented in and often pushed to the margins of Western communities.