We have, as human beings, an enormous array of tools available to look at the world surrounding us, but through this mechanical, often un-empathetic stare, a polarized difference between us and others, and a stubborn, anthropocentric worldview has resulted.
We have cameras, telescopes, microscopes etc, and these tools to observe and pierce and poke at the otherness around us work well, but by obliterating scale, size, distance, volume, vantage point, circumstance, distinctness, etc, they amplify a distorted view of reality, and always look from our perspective, never from other perspectives.
The specific esthetics of how animals are often portrayed on screen and in print is something else that could easily give false impressions of the real state of reality.
Animals are most often portrayed by attributing human centered platitudes (beauty, noble, pure, wild, cute) to them: most imagery turns their realness into a synthetic, Disney-like, pornographic version of reality.
BEAST gives a raw view on animals and our relationship to them, hopefully evoking enough ambiguity and perplexity to shake up some of our common perception of animals and how we treat them.
Roderik Henderson, Beast
15 November – 7 december 2018
Biblioteca Nicanor Parra, UDP Cenfoto, Vergara 324