Nanoq - flat out and bluesome [photographic exhibition] - Manchester

Snaebjornsdottir, Bryndis and Wilson, Mark (2010) Nanoq - flat out and bluesome [photographic exhibition] - Manchester. [Show/Exhibition] In: Nanoq - flat out and bluesome, 13 February-11 July 2010, The Manchester Museum. Full text not available from this repository.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Authors: Snaebjornsdottir, Bryndis and Wilson, Mark
Abstract:

Uncover the story of polar bears, and their journey from the arctic wilderness to the museums and stately homes of the UK, in this photographic exhibition by artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson.

Featuring photographs of 33 stuffed polar bears and their individual stories, nanoq reveals the uneasy relationship between the wild and its representation in our museums, galleries and media and highlights the current plight of polar bears. Often presented as ferocious animals posing a threat to mankind, polar bears are the ones now facing extinction due to the destruction of their habitat.

The photographs reveal bears in storage, some in a state of neglect, and others undergoing restoration. Alongside the photographs are the histories of each bear - its place of capture or shooting, the name of the person responsible, the nature of the purpose of the expedition, the bear's history in captivity, its age at death.

From bears in threatening poses, intended to thrill the crowds, to a gently smiling bear (once housed in the Fox's glacier mint factory) with a fez and a basket of flower-shaped fairy lights, we are guided through a catalogue of historical misrepresentations and presumptions, the gathering together of which challenges the kind of environmental exploitation which goes on to this day.

Official URL: http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/exhibit...
Date: 2010
Event Location: The Manchester Museum
Subject Headings: 000 COMPUTER SCIENCE, INFORMATION & GENERAL WORKS > 000 COMPUTER SCIENCE & INFORMATION > 001 Knowledge
500 NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS > 570 LIFE SCIENCES (BIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, ECOLOGY) > 570 Life sciences
700 ARTS & RECREATION (INCL. SPORT) > 700 ARTS & RECREATION (collections, philosophy & education)
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts
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Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 13:39
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 16:09
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1268

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