Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Brian Ulrich

Second Advisor

Laine Rettmer

Third Advisor

Anne West


In a Condition of No Light is an autofictional investigation into lineages of familial domesticity. The performances therein circumnavigate one family in one domestic environment, yet are in dialogue with repertoires learned and rehearsed within legacies of myth, literature, theater, film, music, and image; as well as through the otherwise untraceability of embodied memory and inherited trauma. The methodologies used are primarily photographic but also encompass practices reaching towards sculpture, installation, and performance. The line of questioning reserved for this inquiry is how a home, its objects, and inhabitants generate, spacialize, and embody the conditions of wealth, whiteness, and gender. At stake is the potential to fracture calcified molds, reenvision archetypes of enmeshment, and develop rituals of empathy across time, selves, and generations through the impossible practice of healing.


View exhibition online: Alana Perino, In a Condition of No Light



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