Passing – Captive – Still (Rare Breed Birds)

Wilson, Mark ORCID logo ORCID: and Snæbjörnsdóttir, Bryndís (2024) Passing – Captive – Still (Rare Breed Birds). Humanimalia, 14 (2). pp. 1-22.

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The images in Passing Captive Still depict humans together with birds in cages, their respective presence conjoined at eye-level. In this series, both human actors and the birds themselves are, in every case, seen through the cage bars suggesting a subversive, equalizing narrative. The strategic, pictorial conflation produces an uncanniness, which is both quaint and unsettling. As far as the images themselves are to be believed, both species are apparently “imprisoned” in the pictorial space. In order further to upset what might be the expected power balance of the auction house and event, the various bird individuals, pairs or groupings, appear always in front of the human actors, thereby privileging them within that space. An objective, reflective and contextualising commentary is interspersed alternately with a subjective view, apparently from the position of those held captive against their will.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Humanimalia
ISSN: 2151-8645
Departments: Institute of Arts > Fine and Applied Arts
Additional Information: Mark Wilson (PhD) is Professor in Fine Art at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, UK. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2024 12:11
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 12:15


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