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Turn Back Time: A Century-Old Carousel Reveals New Insights through Memory

Monday, December 7, 2020

Coming across a full-size, antique carousel in a nearly vacant academic building will stop you in your tracks. But it’s the sound that gets you. Vimoksha by Kathryn Fanelli ‘20MFA­—part of her thesis exhibition entitled The Passing Show—is a site-specific installation of a century-old merry-go-round, which has been stripped of paint and gilding to reveal a bare, wooden platform and stark, metallic horses. It was originally intended to be interactive, experienced by students and others as they moved through the Studio Arts Building on the UMass Amherst campus during their daily routines, and powered by electric motor. Due to the building’s limited use resulting from restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19, Vimoksha can be experienced in small groups by appointment only. And it's powered manually.