Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Hester Keijser Photo curator Hester Keijser selects Animal Imago by Lucia Nimcova as Book of the Week.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photo curator Hester Keijser who has selected Animal Imago by Lucia Nimcova published by sittcomm.sk / see photo fund.
Animal Imago would be nothing but a simple, well-made pleasure if it wasn't for Nimcova's portraits of the animals. We are not presented with glorious creatures of nature, nor with cute and adorable pictures of pets. Instead, Nimcova offers a random selection of twenty different species, which she encountered while traveling: three goats on painted rocks, penguin looking over his shoulder, dead duck, stuffed deer, insect, yawning cat, emaciated horse, monkey on a motor bike, dog hiding between the legs of his owner. She photographed them as she found them, in natural light and with honesty.
All animals are pictured in environments constructed by man, forced to adapt their habitat to ours, or killed and adapted to fit inside narratives of our making about hunting, collecting and displaying. Only a few are looking directly at the viewer, and most seem resigned to their fate, with varying degrees of wistfulness. If we are made to feel a little uncomfortable, it must be because our conscious isn't entirely clear about our treatment of the sentient beings with which we share the planet and who - to quote John Berger — offer their companionship to the loneliness of man as a species." —Hester Keijser
|Animal Imago by Lucia Nimcova. sittcomm.sk / see photo fund, 2014.|
Based in The Hague, Hester Keijser (1967, NL) is a freelance curator and author specialized in contemporary photography with a focus on the Middle East. She frequently collaborates with other international organisations in the field of photography on exhibitions, presentations, lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews, and serves as jury member for various awards and festivals. She recently joined forces with Noorderlicht as an associate curator. She is left handed.
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