the air we breathe is an expanded single-channel experimental documentary. The work explores the complexities of air pollution, weaving together themes of environmental catastrophe, cultural and political strife, conspiracy and the various links between. This work imagines the ways environment and culture impact one another in ongoing and cyclical means. Combining research about Edmonton’s air quality with personal storytelling and speculative imaginings, this project deeply considers the complicated means by which our air impacts us–from the physical effects of pollutants to scent and collective memory.
For more information read Gauging the air we breathe with Christina Battle, an essay by curator and art historian Nadia Kurd. View digital project the air we breathe by Christina Battle and related programming on G44 Digital.
The artist would like to thank the Edmonton Arts Council.
Gallery 44 is pleased to debut a fundraising edition by Christina Battle produced as a prelude to the air we breathe.
the air we breathe, 2022
Unscented Beeswax Candle and a Recycled Pulp Coaster, 4 x 3 Inch
Edition of 30
Christina Battle is an artist based in amiskwacîwâskahikan, (also known as Edmonton, Alberta), within the Aspen Parkland: the transition zone where prairie and forest meet. Her practice focuses on thinking deeply about the concept of disaster: its complexity, and the intricacies that are entwined within it. Much of this work extends from her recent PhD dissertation (2020) which looked closer to community responses to disaster: the ways in which they take shape, and especially to how online models might help to frame and strengthen such response.