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Juliana Cerqueira Leite, SHEE, 2018, Hydrocal, steel, wood, pigment, 5' 1“ × 14' 2” × 5' 8". Photo: Greg Carideo.

Juliana Cerqueira Leite, SHEE, 2018, Hydrocal, steel, wood, pigment, 5' 1“ × 14' 2” × 5' 8". Photo: Greg Carideo.

Juliana Cerqueira Leite

Arsenal Contemporary | New York

Juliana Cerqueira Leite, SHEE, 2018, Hydrocal, steel, wood, pigment, 5' 1“ × 14' 2” × 5' 8". Photo: Greg Carideo.

During the inaugural Antarctic Biennale in 2017, held aboard research vessels surrounded by icy desolation, the artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite met the architect Barbara Imhof while working on shee (Self-Deploying Habitat for Extreme Environments), inflatable housing for inhospitable terrain. Funded in part by the European Union’s Seventh-Framework Programme, the shee comes fully equipped with a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and working areas to provide one week of shelter. The artist obtained plans for a shee and built a cardboard-and-wood three-quarter scale replica in the back room of Arsenal Contemporary; in its retracted state, it looked like a truncated shipping container.

Over the course of the exhibition, Cerqueira Leite cast parts of her body as she negotiated the model’s tight interior spaces. While leaning into a corner, for instance, or sitting at a table, she filled the

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