Matrix Botanica, 2015

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© Melanie Bonajo

Can we send funny animal pictures to space for aliens to discover the Earth's ecosystem? Our enormous access to animal pictures on the Internet tramples our awareness that only humans possess self-awareness, language, culture, land and customs. But when does a lion stop being a lion? How are the typical categories of nature photography, designed by the hands of science, being replaced by the images of amateurs who document the disappearing environments of wildlife by ever-expanding urbanization? As a result, do we need completely revised scientific categories for these images?

Venue: Chipot


Melanie Bonajo (1978, The Netherlands) majored in Photography and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in major art institutions. She collaborates also with fashion designers and musicians. Since 2004, she is the Creative Editor of the photo art magazine, Capricious.