Ruins (1), detail from an installation of tumors - printed on eyebeam's Dimension 3D printer

For most of the 200,000 women in the United States diagnosed with breast cancer each year, medical imaging is the entry point into the disease. Yet, rarely does a woman get to see her M.R.I. or get a sense of the shape or physicality of the malignancy inside her. Research suggests that tumor visualization can be an important aspect of dealing with the aftermath of cancer, with positive psychological and possibly physiological effects on patients.

Project Created: 
November 2010

Leonor Caraballo adorns a pennant symbolizing her breast cancer tumor.Artists have long been inspired by stand-out events in their lives. From traumas to creative exhilaration, inspiration comes in many forms.

Caraballo-Farman, a two-person team made up of Leonor Caraballo and Abou Farman, have been collaborating on various art and filmmaking projects for three years. Serving a artist residency at Eyebeam, the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States, the team’s most recent project demonstrates the array of unique 3D printing applications through the visualization of breast cancer tumors.
For Caraballo-Farman, a grim diagnosis became an inspiring project. Diagnosed with Stage I Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Caraballo also tested positive for the genetic mutation known as BRCA2. Always fascinated by medical imaging technologies –

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