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Hannah Scott

Exhibition

Amidst preserved, hanging carcasses of sharks, taxidermied skins stretched and stitched to resemble a former life, and highly romanticised imagery that is disengaged from nature; it would be easy to mistake contemporary art galleries for something from the Victorian age.

This practice examines the nature of human – animal relations, focusing upon the human animal as subject of scrutiny, rather than as tradition, the non-human animal. No longer the subject for intense examination and subjugation, the non-human animal acts as a mirror through which to assess the actions of the human.

Books are the ultimate symbol of human knowledge. ‘Knowledge’ allows a hierarchy to be created, placing humans above the rest of the natural world, and allowing potentially irresponsible actions in the name of it.

Apes who could communicate with human language were once a myth of science fiction novels. Animals so similar to ourselves, encroaching upon our ‘knowledge’, posed a terrifying prospect. Bonobo apes can now communicate with humans through the use of human language symbols. This threatens the hierarchical border between human and animal.

Our mortality however, is a state we share with every other animal on the planet; this vulnerability renders us without any hierarchy at all.

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Exhibition

– Hannah Scott, MA Fine Art

Exhibition

– Hannah Scott, MA Fine Art