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christian swafford

new york, ny, United States

Designer (Product Design)

Member since March 10, 2008

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    Jennifer,

    Thank you for taking the time to review my project. Your insights are helpful and give lots of food for thought.
    Through my research I have discovered that one of the main issues surrounding the US/Mexico border is a lack of communication between the US and Mexico and the rapid building of a border wall is making it worse. Physically, mentally and most of all symbolically. I choose a gallery setting for the simple reason of it being an even playing ground. The “white cube” acts as a cleansing of any preconceived notions of what the US/Mexico border is about and lets viewers experience it as a barrier and nothing else. Once experienced as a barrier then hopefully the user/viewer will be able to think more critically about the border wall and be able to express themselves to other viewer/users.

    I believe that starting a conversation about a topic, which is considered taboo in many social circles, is the first step to creating any meaningful change. Often times people (especially in design) think that all people that would visit a gallery would feel the same way about the US/Mexico border. Assumptions are dangerous with this issue and starting a conversation can help get some issues out on the table. The more I have researched the topic the more I have realized that all currently proposed solutions have serious problems. People are quick to side left or right on this issue and that is part of the problem. Once you go left or right the conversation turns into an argument and the wall continues to grow and get larger and more tangled.

    Thank you once again for your time.

    -christian

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design