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Lindsay Hutchens  |  lindsay @ lindsayhutchens . com


"Challenging the photograph’s ability to portray normative American family relations, artist and scholar Lindsay Hutchens uses photography to reveal the nuanced, intimate, and incomplete ways family constructs the self. Hutchens’ work traverses public representations and private feeling to navigate societal expectations of 'real' family ties." - Natalie Zelt


born: Ft. Worth, Texas, 1983 / lives: Chicago, IL

Lindsay Hutchens' works as an artist, writer, researcher, and curator.  A Chicago, Illinois, transplant from Texas, Lindsay holds a Master of Arts degree as a Dean’s Scholar in Visual Critical Studies (VCS) at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), having also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from SAIC.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute of Photography, and claims Southern California as one of her homes.

For her thesis project Photographic Procreation, Lindsay produced an auto-ethnography of writing, original photographic work, and an online database of her own family photographs.  Through these collaborative mediums, she theorizes a feedback loop of pleasure and obligation that exists in both the mechanical and biological forms of reproduction within family photographs, proposing in response a present-ness in photography that might disrupt hierarchies of ancestor and descendant.  

Lindsay recently co-curated the SAIC VCS department’s graduate symposium Helps it to feel, compels it to make, and the MFA Show 2018 as a Graduate Curatorial Fellow in SAIC’s Institute for Curatorial Research & Practice, while also working as a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago.  She is now on staff at the MCA, and worked as a Research Assistant with Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Charlotte Ickes on the exhibition West by Midwest, which tells a story about how contemporary art spreads and develops through the collaboration, competition, and friendship among artists.  Lindsay has presented artwork and initial thesis research in the American Studies Association annual meeting, for the peer reviewed session Alternative Views: Photography, Self-Representation and Fact in Contemporary American Art and Culture.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY, and recently began new scholarship through her apartment galley, Gallery KIN.