Portland, Maine ~The ICA at MECA&D announces the opening of UNLOADED, a multimedia group exhibit that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. There is an opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00–8:00pm and it is on view through April 14, 2017.

UNLOADED presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by 22 artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding the access to and use of firearms, across demographic categories. They examine and represent the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies, suicide rates, individual and mass murder, domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life.

Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country. The artists in UNLOADED visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do, and how weapons might be rejected, broken, or silenced. Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies. Others mourn and resist that power, doing everything they can to take it away, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety, and keep the peace.

The artists include: Lauren F. Adams, Nina Berman, Joshua Bienko, Natalie Baxter, Casey Li Brander, Anthony Cervino, Mel Chin, Cathy Colman, Dadpranks, James Duesing, Jessica Fenlon, Vanessa German, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Laura Karetzky, Jennifer Meridian, Adrian Piper, Don Porcella, Devan Shimoyama, Susanne Slavick, Renee Stout, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Please join us for a Gallery Talk with Curator Susanne Slavick on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact MECA&D’s Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Erin Hutton, at 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.

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Mel Chin, 'Cross for the Unforgiven: 10th Anniversary Multiple' (2012)

Header image: Nina Berman, ‘Come And Take It’ Rally, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2013