Ethics, Excess and Extinction
An exhibition exploring the reality of endangered species and humanity's responsibility to protect them
In 1998, environmental scientists proposed the concept of poaching as an environmental crime, defining any activity as illegal that contravenes the laws and regulations established to protect renewable natural resources, including the illegal harvest of wildlife with the intention of possessing, transporting, consuming, or selling it or using its body parts. They considered poaching to be one of the most serious threats to the survival of plant and animal populations. As many as 20 percent of Africa’s elephants could be killed in the next 10 years if illegal poaching continues at its current rate.
The exhibition will explore the reality of endangered wildlife, as well as a vision of the world where animals are respected and protected, and the belief in the intrinsic value of animals along with our responsibility to protect them from suffering and commercial exploitation. The artists will examine the many sides of the story: one where tribesmen revered their animals and in some cases regarded them as almost human with souls, to economic hard times forcing them to kill and sell animals supporting a demand from the luxury market. The artists will offer a scenario how we can shape a world that values and connects all living things.