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Posted by The Center on May 24, 2010

(Photo credit: Heron (Ardea goliath) with pomegranate by Sarah Cusimano Miles)

Photographer Sarah Cusimano Miles was recognized by juror Karen Irvine as an Honorable Mention in the Center’s “Animalia” exhibition. Her photographs Heron (Ardea goliath) with pomegranate and Gull (Larus argentatus) with artichoke were both selected for exhibition. Both images display arranged animal specimens in a manner that suggests the institutional cataloging of animalia as seen through the gaze of art history.

Discussing her photographs, Cusimano Miles’ artist’s statement reads:

I am interested in collections of objects and our relationships to them. These photographs explore the “not on view” public collection at the Anniston Museum of Natural History located in Alabama. They represent the excess of the collection; the specimens that are acquired and then shelved for long periods of time … By portraying these objects through the tradition of the still life, I hope to comment on the still present issue of decadence in our culture, while illuminating the unheralded beauty of that which is held in stasis.

(Photo credit: Gull (Larus argentatus) with artichoke by Sarah Cusimano Miles)

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Posted by The Center on May 21, 2010

(Photo credit: Chengdu Flamingos by Hugo Teixeira)

Hugo Teixeira’s photographs, Chengdu Flamingos and Xi’an Hippopotamus, were awarded the Juror’s Selections for the “Animalia” exhibition. Both images come from Teixeira’s China Zoo series, which documents how animals relate to China’s consumerism. The series portrays the distinctive manmade barriers that separate “us-from-them” and how these constructed environments are intended for animals to function as spectacle. Some of Teixeira’s photographs are distinctive of China, while others provide generalizations and commentary about zoos from around the world.

Discussing his project and working in China, Teixeira’s artist’s statement reads:

You were as likely to find a tiger in your soup as you are to find one in a cage at a zoo. And while at first I approached the subject mater in a documentary fashion, as much out of outrage as curiosity, I soon saw the resulting images as just that: a testament to the complexity of humankind’s relationship with animals.

Click [HERE] to see the entire China Zoo series.

(Photo credit: Xi’an Hippopotamus by Hugo Teixeira)

More of Hugo’s Work can be found at

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