For more than 25 years, Mel Chin has produced works of art that in diverse and complex ways have grappled with major social, political, and environmental issues of the era. Sometimes these artworks are shown in museums and galleries, but more often he sets them up in everyday spaces and situations where, as he says, he tries to “create forums of discourse where there’s very little.” These have included a subway station, a video arcade game, abandoned inner city housing, a public high school, toxic waste sites and primetime commercial television. His chief aim is to entice people to move beyond conventional ways of thinking to explore root causes of and possible remedies for society’s ills.
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