There is an undeniable resemblance between the primate and human races, and the Perttu Saksa Echo exhibition explores the cultural connection that exists between the two species.
Hosted by the Laboratory gallery, the collection of photographs are hauntingly moving. The photographs were taken in museums of natural history across Europe, and investigate the role that taxidermy and other early stage natural science ventures played in shaping perceptions about the creatures, which so closely resemble human beings.
The Finnish photographer chose to include images of the animals that did not depict them as the cute and cuddly, Disney-like cartoon renderings that one often thinks of when they imagine an animal. Rather, they appear weathered and their skin seems lived-in -- displaying prominent scars and wrinkles.
Saksa's first monograph, also entitled Echo, also accompanies the series and will also be on display.
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By: Sarah Moore - Published: Apr 13, 2012 • References: perttusaksa