Jan Brugger (MFA candidate, Visual Arts, UChicago)
K. Supriya (PhD candidate, Evolutionary Biology, UChicago)

Magnifying Identity: The Ways We Look at Ants explores artistic and scientific methodologies of constructing identity through the careful observation and analysis of ants from the eastern Himalayas. In the lab and in the field, ant species are distinguished by both their unique nest architecture and their underlying distinct genetic code. Through this collaboration, Jan Brugger and K. Supriya create sculptural objects that entangle the various modes of classifying ants, in the process asking what role the scientist, and the artist, play in shaping the identities of the organisms they observe.