Sarah Anne Johnson
A stark continuation of her award-winning series House on Fire (2009), Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson returns to her maternal family’s story through a new series of performance-based video installations with a 15-channel performance installation, Hospital Hallway (2015). In the 1950s, Johnson’s grandmother was an unsuspecting participant in a CIA research program now known as Project MKultra. Seeking treatment for post-partum depression, she was subjected to a series of mind control experiments at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University, Montreal.
Addressing the generational trauma of these experiments within the institutional space, Johnson continues to span her artistic practice, from photography and sculpture to performance and video to further investigate and embody the difficult histories and its effects on her family. Starting this ambitious new series within the confines of an institutional space, the series moves next to the domestic realm with The Kitchen.
Co-presented in partnership with Images Festival and Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976, Winnipeg, MB) received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and completed her MFA in Photography at the Yale School of Art in 2004. Her first exhibition, Tree Planting, was purchased by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Subsequent exhibitions were collected by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. In 2014 she was the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh in North Carolina. In 2015 Sarah Anne Johnson was shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award.