Han Fleming | Waste c. 2016 photographic
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Waste c. 2016 photographic

Egg shells, black acrylic paint, white sheet

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.

Informed by the concept of by-product, this piece explores the born-to-die reality of the egg-laying industry and explores the ambiguities of  avoidable versus unavoidable affliction.

Date

December 06, 2016

Category

2016, Photography, sculpture, waste

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