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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

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 <span class=“s1”>Antarctic Biennale in 2017, held aboard research vessels surrounded by icy desolation, the artist </span>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

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