Fibers of Being

Lauren Henschel

What happens when what is most familiar becomes alien? Through a synthesis of sound, organic matter, and hand-processed 16mm films, this living, breathing experiential installation questions the body as both a genetic inheritance and mortal vessel.

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Accessibility: Entrance to space is ADA compliant. There are four (4) designated accessible parking spots. The entrance is 30 meters from the parking lot with a concrete sidewalk. The entrance to the space is ADA compliant. All parts of the exhibition are wheelchair accessible. Some seating will be provided in the space. For those with auditory disabilities, a textual description will be available.Soundtracks in the space will be broadcast through personal amplification devices. During the exhibition, there will be a moderated conversation: please email lrhenschel@gmail.com if you need accommodations. For those with visual disabilities, dossants will be on hand to provide a visual description of the work. There will be multiple projections in the space, which may result in some stroboscopic flicker. All genders facilities are available and ADA compliant. For those with environmental sensitivities, please note that the exhibition includes live and sterilized mycelium cultures. This is a multi-sensory space: video, audio and textural elements will be present.

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Lauren Henschel (b.1992) is a visual artist working primarily in 16mm film, installation, performance and medium format still photography. Her work interrogates questions around guilt, illness, disability, shame and mortality and seeks to defy or alter an audience’s expectations of what art can reveal about the experience of inhabiting a body. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Lauren is currently based in Durham, N.C.  She holds a B.A. in Visual Media Studies, a certificate in Documentary Film, and a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. As a Lewis Hine documentary fellow, Lauren worked at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a Brooklyn based organization at the forefront of alternatives to our current criminal justice system. In Red Hook, she launched JustArts, a digital photography program for young students, using photography as a medium to understand identity, community and the world around them. The resulting work culminated in multiple shows at Red Hook Labs and yielded two editions of a photography book entitled I am the city.  Her work has been displayed at numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Miami Art Museum. She is currently a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program at Duke University

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In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at mfaeda.duke.edu and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.