March 2, 2019 – April 28, 2019
Mary Kavanagh: Daughters of Uranium solo exhibition at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery explores the legacy of the atomic age from the perspective of the sentient body and intergenerational trauma. While considering the ideological apparatus that has surrounded nuclearism since its inception, Mary Kavanagh’s new work has emerged from a longstanding interest in the body as a site of memory, violence, and inscription. Daughters of Uranium is a title redolent of both archaic chemical science and of generations born into an uncertain future. Citing the radioactive decay chain of Uranium 235, widely known for its use in the first atomic bomb, the elements in Uranium’s family tree are referred to as “daughters.” Kavanagh’s exhibition considers Promethean technologies in relation to accelerated environmental degradation and renewed global interest in nuclear armament. Cinematic projection, works on paper, artifacts, and a provocative series of structures using light, glass, sound, and lead are conceptualized as chapters that combine personal and political narratives organized around central themes and historic periods.
Co-curated by Christina Cuthbertson and Lindsey Sharman. Co-organized with the Founders’ Gallery. An exhibition publication with essays by Peter Van Wyck and Jayne Wilkinson will be launched in 2020.