16/05/2017 Contextual Studies


The biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal says, “To endow animals with human emotions has long been a scientific taboo. But if we do not, we risk missing something fundamental, about both animals and us.” (De Waal 2015) Even though we still inherit animal instinct, it seems difficult for us to find and identify the way the old animal part of our mind generates its forms of sight, shape, sound and movement, because our current lifestyle does not necessitate physical interaction by instinct requires without our intelligence. Yet we revere the natural world and are seduced by characteristics we no longer see in ourselves, such as fierceness, instinctive, purity. Those works visually, emotionally and intellectually explore this overlap that exists across knowledge, cultures, along histories, and within societies. To bring animal forms into our art and our contemporary lives helps us acknowledge that a connection with animals is an important part of feeling ‘whole’ to ourselves.


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