The Brain as a Parasite to the Organism

35-millimeter black and white film photography. Printed on RC and Fiber paper.  

2019 

This work is inspired by my experiences as a student at Cornell and Arthur Schopenhauer's words, "The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body." 

In order to recreate an anxious student life, I enlisted one of my close friends from home to allow me to follow his activities at Cornell. A combination of what I observed in his lifestyle and my own experiences inspired me to choose the settings, events, and compositions across 8 rolls.

 

In addition, experimenting with multiple and long exposures has been useful techniques in distorting imagery to produce exaggerated feelings of confusion and worry. 

The installation layout can be read both from left to right through the rows or by column. 

Behind the Scenes

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