gabriela salazar

Proposed: A large "X" shaped bench to be placed in a well-trafficked place.
The piece marks both our relative safety and ability to congregate and the unreality of that safety. The ground the bench sits on and the user(s) of the bench are simultaneously implicated as participants, target, and site: In a pre-9/11 world, the "X" is a meeting place, a resting place, and an unwitting performance space when seen from above. In the context of global fears of terrorism and war, the "X" reminds us of those that are targeted only because of their geopolitical circumstances and the assumptions of refuge and remove that we depend upon to live our lives as we do.