CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
curated by Kim Nguyen, organised by Leila Grothe
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?