Mary Kavanagh

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The Expulsion

The Expulsion

Group 6: Canadian Forces Artists Program 2012-13
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp, Ontario
8 November, 2015 - 31 January, 2016
[Collection of the Canadian War Museum]

[inkjet prints, 66"x24" | video (1 minute)]

A member of the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP) (2012-13), Kavanagh visited Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) where she filmed the Radiological Analysis and Defence (RAD) group engaged in radiation, biological and chemical detection training. The photographic portraits depict DRDC personnel wearing protective clothing designed by Canadian military scientists. Referencing the banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, The Expulsion addresses the utopian promise of technologically constructed havens, the illusion of safety beyond the reach of radiation fall-out.

CFAP is a uniquely designed war art program adjudicated by leading arts professionals in Canada. Participants are embedded alongside military personnel and receive extensive orientation to experience the Canadian Forces in action on the international stage. Work produced through this program remains the intellectual property of the artist with no contractual obligation binding the views expressed in the work.