We must imagine the other side of the catastrophe. The side in which we can finally see that we did not fall into this time, we fell through it. A descent that is not immediate,explosive, or visible but rather unremarkable and gradual. It is what Rob Nixon refers to as slow violence – an incremental, attritional violence whose devastating repercussions develop out of sight and across a multiplicity of temporal scales and spaces. Achieved through accumulation,slow violence resides in the lengthy, fatigued space after a calamity. The long–term emergency that is ignored in favour of the more visceral spectacles of burning towers, tsunamis,volcanic eruptions, and fallen bodies.
How do we articulate unspectacular time?
Susanne Kriemann (b. 1972, Erlangen, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe.
Curated by Kim Nguyen and organized by Leila Grothe. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Lorna Meyer Calas & Dennis Calas and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. Special thanks to Isabelle Busch;Ryan Peter; Mika Schwarz; California Academy of Sciences; Beat Raeber, Zurich; and Wilfried Lentz,Rotterdam.
Artist: Susanne Kriemann
Venue: The Wattis Institute, San Francisco
Exhibition title: Canopy, canopy
Curated by: Kim Nguyen
Date: May 31 – July 28, 2018
Photography: Johnna Arnold.
Text (press release) and images provided by the event.
© Susanne Kriemann, CCA The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA U.S.A.