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What We Carry ~ An exhibit by Artist Kayleigh MacDonald

October 14 - November 10

What We Carry – photograph by Kayleigh MacDonald, addressing pepper spray, courtesy image

On view from October 13 through November 10, 2023, during business hours
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 to 8 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

The James is open Tuesday-Friday, 1 to 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 1 pm

Admission is free

What We Carry is an ongoing photographic investigation of sustained vigilance as a source of trauma. Portraits of women and gender non-conforming individuals with what is physically carried for protection serve as a point of entry for conversations surrounding self-preservation, collective trauma, and recent gender-based legislation.

In our current political climate, personal weaponry is a charged and polarizing topic. What We Carry contains difficult images, including portraits of individuals with guns. This project engages with the nuances and subtleties of weapon ownership, including the paradox of purchasing the very weapons used to target your own community.

Quincy-based Artist Kayleigh MacDonald mediums originate in the fields of fine art and documentary photography, performance, and land-based alternative photographic processes. She creates pictures informed by identity and established on a matriarchal memory; “I think everything I make comes back to Her. Working across a range of photographic processes, I use my image-making to confront concepts of feminine history, the body, and nature’s influence through self-portraits, images of family, process-based landscapes, and documentary work.”