Slowness as Care in the Climate Crisis: Interiority and Ephemerality of Sculptures in Gabriela Salazar’s Observed by Colette Bernheim

“Slowness as Care in the Climate Crisis: Interiority and Ephemerality of Sculptures in Gabriela Salazar’s Observed”

My paper examines Gabriela Salazar’s Observed, the first exhibition from the Care and Climate Justice series at Sarah Lawrence. I look at how Salazar conveys interior space, home, and futurity in a public gallery setting. Observed is not just an exhibition but an experience of inhabitation and dwelling. Salazar’s sculptures are manifestations of care in the climate crisis––they’re attention-holding, allow us to slow down and look and think more critically, and are ephemeral. Through researching Observed, the paper considers how to better care about and for ourselves and the people, objects, environments, and spaces surrounding us as time passes.
by Colette Bernheim ’24, conference paper written for Histories of Art and Climate Justice (Spring ’24)

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