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Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses2018 (PC020403.14) ➔ Counterbalance


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Shannon Finnell (photographer)
James Ramer (thesis advisor)
Parsons School of Design. Photography Department. (sponsoring body)


August 2018


Counterbalance - a system of objects that moves and shifts to balance. A foundational design to keep a structure upright. A movement that engages actively to hold both individuals up. A gesture of compassion that adjusts as a connection deepens. All these definitions of counterbalance - either concrete or abstract - all require similar characteristics such as active engagement, the ability to adjust in order to properly balance, and trust. These attributes are what lie at the core of true support. COUNTERBALANCE is a body of work that seeks to deconstruct the act of deep reciprocal support through a collaboration of modern dance and visual art. The work captures simultaneously physical and psychological moments where fear and anxiety are embraced and trust in another person is developed to create balance between individuals. Through the documentation and distortion of counterbalanced movements, the work creates space for support to exist and grow.



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