CAMPO AIR December resident

Christian Salablanca lives and works in Guararí, Costa Rica. He has a degree in Arts and Visual Communication from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Recent exhibitions include: Vice-versa MAMBO, Colômbia (2023-2024), Second part of Ya no habia más orilla at IL POSTO, Chile (2022),Unfinished Camp Exhibition Vitrine Gallery at Pivo Pesquisa, Brazil (2021), Ko ste v dvomu, pojdite v muzej at Museum Mestni Muzej Ljubljana, Slovenia(2021), El pasado Adelante, at Casa de America, Spain (2021), Mesotropicos at Museo de Arte Contemporanéo de Panamá, Panamá(2021), Lichtblick at Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Germany(2020) Unfinished Camp project at The Shed, New York City and HEK, Basel (2020), How to Tread Lightly at Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza TBA21, Spain (2020), BIENALSUR, Argentina (2019). Salablanca has recently been nominated for the Rolex Mentor & Protegé Arts Initiative 2022-23 and he was the recipient of the national competitive Fund award from the Museum of Costa Rican Art 2022, Virreina Residency Program (2023), the Gasworks residency Program (2023) and TABAKALERA_Donosti (2023).



River Encyclopedia is a project that encapsulates my father’s experience and knowledge regarding rivers, mangroves, and marine species through oral tradition and memory.

The proposal utilizes these methods of archiving coastal life knowledge, tracing the paths of rivers that flow into the sea. It involves creating a site-specific installation that documents a group of species intertwined with the construction and ornamentation of a boat, functioning as an object/archive, a sort of canoe-encyclopedia.