Solastalgia: Book Art and the Climate Crisis


MCBA Main Gallery & Virtual Exhibition
On view June 11–October 17, 2021

Solastalgia: Book Art and the Climate Crisis, curated by Director of Exhibitions & Artist Programs Torey Erin, features expansive and experimental works by twenty local, national, and international artists addressing the paradoxical nature of grief, despair, beauty, elegy, regeneration, and loss that we are facing as we confront one of the most defining issues of our time.

This exhibition is produced in partnership with EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. De-centered, nonhierarchical, and self-organizing, EXTRACTION includes projects by hundreds of artists and cultural institutions in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and abroad during the summer of 2021. Through simultaneous and overlapping exhibitions, installations, performances, land art, publications, and cross-media events, EXTRACTION addresses a single theme: the suicidal consumption of the planet’s natural resources.

The artistic vision for Solastalgia: Book Art and the Climate Crisis is grounded in solastalgia, a term coined by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht to better describe the psychological toll of climate change. Solastalgia is the pain caused by recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault—the lived experience of environmental change and a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home. From traditional codices to pop-up books to sculptural vessels made of bacteria cultures, this exhibition is both a call to alarm and a symbol of hope that through compassion and ingenuity, it is possible to imagine new futures.

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Rhiannon Alpers, Vanishing

Rhiannon Alpers, Whispering Stones

Hannah Chalew, Solastalgia

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, for every one have some thing

Susan Lowdermilk, YOU Cannot Put a Fire Out

Susan Lowdermilk, 2020 Conflagration

Alva Mooses, Fistful of Dirt

Alva Mooses, You Enter Dancing/There's Always Sign

Radha Pandey, Deep Time

Kaitlin Pomerantz, River Prints

Urvi Prabhu, What We've Done

Regula Russelle, Habits of the Heart

Regula Russelle, Climate / Shift / Response

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder, Consume

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder, Influxstructure: A Topography of Ghosts

Erin Rae Skelton, Mother Repetitions IV

Rina Yoon, Mulgil: Waterway

Scorched Feet Zine Collaborative, Scorched Feet

Sarita Zaleha, Minnesota Mines

Related opportunities

Want to exercise your own creative voice to reverse environmental catastrophe? Check out Zine-Making Against Climate Change, a virtual workshop with Regula Russelle, a St. Paul-based artist featured below who specializes in letterpress printing and zine-making. 

Join us for Papermaking for a Livable Future: Artist Talk & Demo with Hannah Chalew, a New Orleans-based artist, activist, and educator whose work is featured below.