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Kerr + Malley

Shea & Bornstein Gallery

The collaborative team of Kerr + Malley produces art that wrestles with issues surrounding the oppression of women. Passionate and forthright, this duo’s photo-and research-based work is constructed to inform and activate viewers. The artists’ consistent strategy is to trace the sociohistorical roots of male-dominated power structures that control the conduct of women’s lives. In particular, Kerr + Malley expose ways in which church and state attempt to criminalize aspects of women’s sexuality and reproductive free choice.

This installation’s title, Just Call Jane, 1991, was derived, as outlined in a page-long explanatory statement, from the name of an underground women’s collective. Dubbing itself “Jane,” the collective operated in Chicago in the ’60s and ’70s, helping women obtain safe, affordable abortions.

“Title X” (all works 1991) is a series of 28 small black and white photographs,

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