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Toward an Anti-Speciesist Aesthetic?

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Although some artists think nothing of putting sentient beings to death as part of their practice, others prefer to question humans’ dominant relationship with non-human species by adopting what I propose to call an “anti-speciesist aesthetic.” Although taxidermy has historically served as a vehicle for promoting white man’s supremacy, it may, paradoxically, be appropriated to this end. This is precisely what Angela Singer does when she subverts the human gaze by transforming mounted animals—whose history she retraces—into veritable memorials.
[Translated from the French by Louise Ashcroft]

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