SEA

the work of WIND AIR LAND SEA

12
hurricane
14–23 SEPT. 2018

Today in the news more black and brown bodies traumatized the soil is toxic the air is poison

Christina Battle

Today in the news more black and brown bodies traumatized the soil is toxic the air is poison is both title and starting point for this billboard collage project made specifically in response to The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea’s appropriation of the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force. The work uses the scale as the underlying structure of its overall narrative, proposing that we are currently at the peak of the scale—stuck at 12: Hurricane—and asserting that we must find strategies to move ourselves back toward 0: Calm as a necessity for any possible future. Rooted within the understanding that we are at a critical impasse where multiple imbalances within our society—climate change, global capitalism, infrastructural governance, environmental racism—are inherently entwined, Today in the news more black and brown bodies traumatized the soil is toxic the air is poison proposes that the potential ways forward are limited: we either continue on as we are, forever caught within the hurricane, or follow a new, alternate path that will help us escape a never-ending loop. The 13 billboard collages punctuate the perimeter of the entire exhibition area and begin to mark out the path.

 

Bio

Christina Battle is currently based in London (ON). Her research and work consider to the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event, and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently at: Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Deluge Contemporary (Victoria), Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Le Centre des arts actuels Skol as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, ON), Casa Maauad (Mexico City); and SOMArts (San Francisco). Christina is a contributing editor to INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, and current collaborative projects include: re:assemblage with Scott Miller Berry; and SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE with Serena Lee.