Orphan Well Adoption Agency
The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is dedicated to finding caretakers for orphan and abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta. The OWAA is also exploring new methods of reading, assessing, and understanding the health of sites contaminated by the oil and gas industry. Orphan Well Adoption Agency has had temporary offices at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB (2017) and Latitude 53 in Edmonton, AB (2018-2019), and Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (2019). Members of the public are invited to meet with an OWAA representative and apply to adopt a well. If approved, caretakers receive a certificate of adoption with the name and location of an orphan well in Alberta, a postcard, and can correspond with their well through letter writing. An exhibition catalogue published by Latitude 53 is available through the Latitude 53 bookshop. Thank you Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their generous support of this work.
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Installation View, Latitude 53, 2018-19
Installation View, Latitude 53