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How to unfold a paper clip?

May 17, 2019 to May 28, 2019
Miller Discussion Space, McMurtry Building

Free and open to the public
On view: Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm (closed weekends)
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 21, 4:30–6 pm

As an assignment for Digital Photography II (ARTSTUDI 275), eleven photographers were asked a question: "How to unfold a paper clip?" Which, when you think about it—when you really think about it—isn't easy to answer. It's not that unfolding a paper clip is hard. But the problem for us wasn't the unfolding itself. Our problem was the number of other questions we had to answer. How many ways are there to unfold a paper clip? Once you unfold a paper clip, can it ever be folded back? Does destroying count as unfolding? Maybe? Kind of? And while we're at it, how to unfold climate change? Violence? Trauma? Social discrimination?

For each of us, unfolding is unique, both a process and an end. We chose what to unfold, how to unfold, and how that unfolding ended. This exhibition is a collective attempt to find answers: to find a way out of the figurative boxes of our moment.

Students: Ellen Allison, Chapman Caddell, Cole Cogswell, Connor Gilmore, Amanda Lim, Becky Peoples, Eva Reyes, Nicholas Robles, Kelli Santos, Ryan Wimsatt, Jessica Yeung

Instructor: Jamil Hellu

Image credit: Kelli Santos

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Miller Discussion Space is located across from the Coulter Gallery in the McMurtry Building of the Stanford campus at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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