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Chin’s “Artificial Selection” Exhibition

Between Friday, April 24 and Saturday, June 26, photographs by Assistant Professor Christine Chin will appear in the exhibit “Artificial Selection” at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, N.M.

Chin’s photographs, which include selections from two bodies of work, “The Vegetable Human Hybrids”
 and “Sentient Kitchen,” encourage the viewer to consider the uneasy relationship between biology and technology in familiar, domestic settings.

“Artificial Selection,” a group show, brings together art, science, myth and technology to examine the processes of adaptation, mutation and survival when the natural order distinguishing species or machine becomes less distinct. Hybrids pervade our mythologies and religions and continue to play an influential role in the way we perceive our capabilities as a creative species. The exhibition raises questions about the consequences of the process of artificial selection.

The exhibit is curated by Rhiannon Mercer and showcases the work of national and local artists including Aziz + Cucher, Steve Budington, Travis J. Farnsworth, Stephanie Metz, Andrea Polli and Adrianne Wortzel.  

516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit arts venue located at 516 Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets in the center of Downtown Albuquerque. The 5,500 square foot, two-story gallery is a unique, hybrid venue somewhere between a gallery and museum.  516 ARTS offers adventurous programs that address current issues in world culture, presenting innovative and interdisciplinary exhibitions, events and educational activities in a variety of art forms, including visual and literary arts, film/video and music.  Exhibition programs are presented with UNM ARTS Lab and include a panel discussion, performance and workshop, all exploring aspects of the intersection of robotics and art.  A 516 WORDS reading features poets responding to the exhibition.  

With an interest in black and white photography, digital photography, video and new media, Chin joined the faculty in 2008 with a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.  She has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University.  A member of the College Art Association and the Society for Photographic Education, Chin has conducted research on a variety of subjects, including genetically modified foods, alternative energy and women’s studies.  She regularly teaches introductory and intermediate photography and special topics in photography.