“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”


Breast Cancer

In Praise of What Persists

In 2003 Kat Duff was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer. These images document her journey of illness and triumph. In Praise of What Persists became an exhibition at Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico (2004) and is a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Purchase Catalog, here.

“The works of Kathleen Brennan expose the darkness of illness with unflinching candor. Her series In Praise of What Persists demonstrates, in full display, the effect breast cancer has had on one of our community members. Cancer is a disease that is often ignored, hidden, shamed, despite the fact that many are affected by it. Brennan’s series proclaims a dominion over the cancer and finds in it a source of personal and collective strength”.

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