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Master of Fine Arts


Photography and Film

First Advisor

Justin James Reed

Second Advisor

Brittany Nelson

Third Advisor

Jon-Phillip Sheridan


This thesis examines the formal and conceptual framework of my artistic practice as it culminated in the installation of my thesis exhibition, Prime, Perform, Recover. My exhibition seeks to operate as an analysis and critique of the separation inherent in media presentation and rhetoric surrounding natural disasters.

I utilize the aesthetics and vocabulary of disaster capitalism and prepping culture in order to pose direct questions about ecological and social change. I examine the role of images within mass media image production as an all encompassing Now-Time. In this paper I describe frameworks that my practice proposes as potential solutions to these problems, and I position my research in the context of artists and artworks that have influenced me and operate within similar channels as my own.


Administrator note: The author's legal name is Patrick Smith. Their professional name is Patrick Harkin.


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