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Starn Brothers: Absorption of Light

As part of PhotoSummer 2016, 516 ARTS presented two large elemental photographs from the body of work Absorption of Light by twin brothers Doug and Mike Starn, who for more than 20 years have been known for working conceptually with photography, and are concerned largely with chaos, interconnection and interdependence. The ill-fated moths of the Attracted to Light series are caught moments before self immolation, drawn to the light that kills them, their images pinned, momentarily, on photographic paper. Their subjects are both emblems of and witnesses to the dualistic character of light, with its power to give life and to destroy it, to illuminate and to blind.

The exhibition was curated by Teresa Buscemi, Programs & Communications Manager at 516 ARTS.



Starn Brothers: Absorption of Light was among the exhibitions at 516 ARTS for PhotoSummer 2016, a collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. Taking the rich legacy of photography in New Mexico as a point of departure, the exhibitions and public programs around PhotoSummer embody the continued energy and support of the photographic arts in the region. Organized by UNM Art Museum, 516 ARTS and CENTER, PhotoSummer 2016 featured a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.


Image: Mike and Doug Starn, Attracted to Light 1, 2002, sulfur toned silver prints hand coated on Thai mulberry paper, 120x264 in.