My interest lies in animals and their relationships with people. These relationships fascinated me since childhood: Why do people love and pet certain animals? Why do people eat certain species but not the others? Why are some people scared of little bugs? I believe human-animal relationships reflect people’s values, attitudes and collective memories toward their surroundings.
Using still and moving images, video games and installations, my recent projects focus on animals in contemporary economy, such as food (project MELK, TUNA) and clothing industry (Down). My daily experiences are my starting points, as I am a consumer, a person using animal products. For me, industrialisation is clouding the transparency on animal usage. As mass production seems to ease life, there is a tendency for us to presuppose, to take things for granted. For defying this tendency, I think consumers should be raising questions, since corruption stems from blind trust. In a shifting society, I do not believe in reaching conclusions or consensus; I believe in discussions and dissensus. Hence, I wish to spark off debates while constructing experiences which encourage audiences to doubt, formulate questions, and challenge the status quo.
Written in 2018