• Carla Arocha


    The threat of terrorism and the fear that follows a terrorist attack reduce “normalcy” to a veneer of routine that only imperfectly masks our vulnerabilities and anxieties. On March 20, 1995, several teams of Aum Shinrikyo sect members released aqueous solutions containing highly toxic sarin gas in five Tokyo subway lines during morning rush hour. Twelve commuters died, and more than five thousand were injured; among the effects of sarin is impaired vision, a literal abrading of the eye. The works in Carla Arocha’s exhibition “Underground”—which opened a few days before September 11—allude

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