Hot Spots brings together international contemporary artists and art collectives who examine the environmental impact of the production, use, and disposal of radioactive materials by military and commercial industries. The exhibition scrutinizes the nuclear industry, including its everyday functions and long-term impact, with an emphasis on issues surrounding radioactive waste. Artists 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.
At KAM, Hot Spots is contextualized by the longstanding university and community interests in nuclear topics on Native lands and in Illinois. The exhibition’s public programs will include discussions and gallery tours with exhibition curators, visiting artists, as well as screenings, workshops, and a series of field trips to local sites that relate to the show’s themes. The galleries will feature a reading and research area open to all for the duration of the exhibition.
Artists and collectives featured in Hot Spots include: Naomi Bebo, Jeremy Bolen, Michael Brill and Safdar Abidi, Edward Burtynsky, Erich Burger and Mari Kato, 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.
Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape was organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York, where it was co-curated by Jennie Lamensdorf and Joan Linder.
Co-curated at KAM by Lilah Leopold, graduate curatorial intern, and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art