Nursing History ---MARIAN MCMAHON, 1989, 16MM, 10 MINUTES
“Nursing History began as an inquiry into the nature of woman's work, specifically the relationship between woman's work as wives and mothers, and woman's work as nurses. Having worked as a nurse for ten years, I decided to locate this inquiry historically, within my own past as represented in the home movies that, for the most part, my father had made and that stand as a record of our family's collective history... In reviewing this public record of interpreted events, I found myself living within memories of events that could not be seen… I began to ask: what else was being recorded here and whose histories were these images claiming to represent?” (Marian McMahon)

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Marian McMahon was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. She was a filmmaker, curator and scholar, whose contribution to Canadian critical film and video practice had a substantial impact on contemporary art discourse in Canada creating a dialogue for women's…


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Marian McMahon was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. She was a filmmaker, curator and scholar, whose contribution to Canadian critical film and video practice had a substantial impact on contemporary art discourse in Canada creating a dialogue for women's experiences, interlacing personal and shared subjectivities to examine the dominant framework of the Canadian nationhood and history. Dialogic Illuminations of Marian McMahon, an exhibition assembled at the Art Gallery of Windsor in the winter of 2014 by curator Srimoyee Mitra and Philip Hoffman, aims to pay homage to the work of an artist who - during her short-lived career due to her early death in 1996 - bridged multiple boundaries through her life working between caregiving (she worked as a registered nurse from 1974 to 1984) and making art, academia and film, photography and text. She received her Phd posthumously, from the University of Toronto (OISE – Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) in 2000.

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