Animal / Subject
Investigation by Christophe Kihm
There are countless exhibitions, seminars, conferences, books and special magazine or newspaper editions dedicated to “animals”, not to mention studies in the field of human sciences, from anthropology to philosophy, sociology to history, which endeavor to study the cultures of human relationships to other animals. This recent phenomenon, unfolding against the backdrop of the sixth mass extinction of the world’s species, also concerns the visual arts. Aside from illustrating a trend, what else can be proposed?
Today, who could imagine a documentary that purports to explore marine life while having scuba divers set off dynamite in the coral reef, killing hundreds of fish and plants, or where a member of the crew (presented as a passionate deep-sea fisherman) harpoons a sperm whale; where men stand on the backs of sea turtles…
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