Martha Daghlian tells the story of her cousin, Harry Daghlian’s experience. An Armenian American scientist and the first American casualty attributed to nuclear weapons development, Daghlian died at age 24 from acute radiation poi-soning after intervening to prevent a near-critical accident while working as an assistant on the Manhattan Project. The radioactive assembly that killed him also killed lead scientist Louis Slotin less than a year later. It was called ‘the demon core’ because of its deadly legacy. The official government report on Harry Daghlian’s accident can be seen in the work included here. Harry’s story is further proof that nuclear weapons are deadly at every possible turn and have been since their beginnings.
Martha Daghlian uses recla-imed materials, outdated technologies and historical debris to build intimate places, picture and personae to shelter the voiceless parts of herself.