Featuring: Sophie Barkham, Maryanne Braine, Dawnja Burris, Siho Chang, Shannon Finnell, Miguel Gonzalez, Diana Guerra, Hannah Harley, María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid, Lindsay Hill, Guaier Huang & Runzhong Wang, Monika Izing, Spandita Malik, Jenna Petrone, Isadora Frost, Ariana Sarwari, Richard Wade, Luyao Wang, Adrian White, and Eva Zar.

“Apparatus of Discomfort” is an exploration of the photographic potential to reimagine relationships between bodies and feeling through abstraction, infrastructure, and identity. The work is created by current students in Parsons’ MFA Photography program. The artists in this exhibition form complex and varied approaches as they consider themes in contemporary photographic strategies and tactics.


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    Parsons School of Design

    A pioneer in art and design education for more than a century, Parsons School of Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive colleges of art and design in the world. Critical thinking, collaboration, and reflective practice are at the heart of a Parsons education. Located in the heart of New York City, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. The goal of the MFA program is to prepare graduates to define the creative role of photography within contemporary culture as practicing artists and scholars. The program challenges participants to move beyond current paradigms in order to anticipate and set trends, rather than follow them. A rigorous critique process and regular meetings with faculty, professional artists, and visiting critics help students develop individual points of view and to situate themselves and their work within larger historical, theoretical, and contemporary visual contexts.

Apparatus of Discomfort

 archive : 2017

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Jeanine Oleson

Presented by: Parsons School of Design
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