The exhibition scrutinizes the nuclear industry, including its everyday functions and long-term impact, with an emphasis on issues surrounding radioactive waste. The artists in Hot Spots examine this expansive subject through themes that include rendering the invisible visible, art as a tool of information disclosure and disruption, and developing the complex language necessary to communicate thousands of years into the future.
Artists and collectives featured in Hot Spots include: Naomi Bebo, Jeremy Bolen, Michael Brill and Safdar Abidi, Edward Burtynsky, Erich Berger and Mari Keto, Ludovico Centis, Elizabeth Demaray, Nina Elder, Isao Hashimoto, Adele Henderson, Abbey Hepner, Eve Andrée Laramée, Cynthia Madansky and Angelika Brudniak, Amie Siegel, Robert del Tredici, Claudia X. Valdes, and Will Wilson.
At KAM, Hot Spots is contextualized by longstanding university and community interests in nuclear topics on Native lands and in Illinois. The exhibition’s public programs will include a gallery tour with exhibition curators and a series of visiting artists. The galleries will feature a reading and research area open to all for the duration of the exhibition, including work by the National TLC Service.
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