Mel Chin – Visting Artist, 2008
Chin’s work examines the land  His ongoing project, Revival Field, plants datura (jimsonweed) in a superfund site in Minnesota where the plants flourish while removing heavy metals from the soil. Render, above, uses fabric pieces torn from keffiyahs to recreate a population map of Palestinians in the West Bank in 2003.


Mel Chin screened his  animated film, 9/11-9/11, at CAVS in 2007. The film  juxtaposes the events of September 11, 1973 and September 11, 2001. He also introduced Fundred, 2008, a public project bringing attention to lead levels in neighborhoods of New Orleans through a national mobilization of artistic labor.

The first year harvest of the test plants at Pig’s Eye Landfill in St. Paul, MN.  This is a conceptual artwork with an intent to sculpt a site’s ecology by detoxifying the soil (of heavy metal contamination) using plants as agents. An ongoing project in conjunction with Dr. Rufus Chaney, senior research agronomist, USDA.

The images on this page came from an archived 2008 version of Chin’s website. To see more of his work, go here.