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Kerry Skarbakka


A pale-skinned person is mid-fall in front of a gaping stone cave.

Kerry Skarbakka, Plato’s Cave from the series The Struggle to Right Oneself, 2002. Chromogenic development print; 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Courtesy of the artist


Kerry Skarbakka’s anxiety-provoking, large-format photographs depict figures falling from dreadful heights. These images, which document actual falls the artist has staged with the daring and skill of a Hollywood stuntman, signify the surrendering of control to external forces. As a result, feelings of helplessness yield to the more expansive sense of release and liberation.


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The exhibition is supported in part by Columbia College Photography Department, the Albert P. Weisman Scholarship Fund, and the John Mulvany Fund.