September 17 – December 10, 2022
Curated by Karen Rapp, Director Laband Art Gallery
Luciana Abait: On the Verge
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Luciana Abait: On the Verge includes more than 20 pieces created from 2017 to the present that center on environmental precariousness and conjure imaginary worlds that portend global climate catastrophe.
As an immigrant from Argentina to the US, Abait (b. 1971, Buenos Aires, Argentina) extrapolates from her own subjective feelings of displacement and vulnerability to urge us to consider how global warming is wreaking havoc, especially on the lives of climate migrants. For Abait, creating a piece like “The Maps That Failed Us” (2018-22)—a monumentally-sized sculptural installation of the maps of the world shown completely at random and out of context—makes visible our social, physical, and above all, planetary interdependence. The artist keenly invites us to consider our collective geographic proximity as well as our shared universal fate to reorient our sense of shared survival.