Han Fleming | Waste c. 2016 digital
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Waste c. 2016 digital

Dead chick, extra-absorbent kitchen roll

The modern poultry industry breeds chickens either  for eggs or for meat.  Male chicks of the egg-laying variety are superfluous, mere by-products of industrial farming. So as soon as they hatch, these chicks are killed in gas chambers or in mincing machines. Bred, born, then obliterated. Essentially, they are waste.  This piece of work is not a statement supporting animal welfare; nor is its purpose to drive the viewer towards veganism. Instead, by exploring mass production and consumption the work asks us to consider an aspect of the world that, consciously or not, is common to us all

In the inverted image, the feathers look dirty like the chick has been kicked around in the dirt, like the chick is rubbish. The iridescent  light  signifies detachment from the body , the expérience de mort imminente. This piece investigates  animal consciousness in relation to speciesism — in particular questioning if some animals are more consciousness than others and what (if anything) this indicates.


December 06, 2016


2016, digital, human animal relationship, Photography, waste

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