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IN VIVO | the nature of nature
THEIR WORLD IS NOT OUR WORLD is a photographic series and video essay about the Oostvaardersplassen. Roaming in this nature reserve are animals that are bred as pre-agricultural versions of themselves. As a result of the fluctuation in the numbers of such introduced animal populations, the Oostvaardersplassen has become the subject of a heated debate about what it means to manage a nature reserve and what it means to let ‘natural dynamics run their own course’, as stated on the nature reserve’s website. With their series Sayler / Morris explore the boundaries between wilderness and control, and the human desire to connect with the other, but also to dominate it.
The photos in the series A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE were shot at places where scientists are researching climate change and seeking ways to minimize its effects or help us adapt to them. The serenity of these places contrasts radically with the violent consequences that climate change has. Here it is not the individual image that tells the story, but the whole archive of images, in the larger context of the discourse on climate change. It is for this reason that Sayler and Morris regularly combine the images with objects, research data and video installations.
Susannah Sayler (United States, 1969) obtained a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and a Master’s degree in Photography and Related Media. She is an associate professor of Art Photography and Transmedia Core at Syracuse University in the American state of New York. Edward Morris, (United States, 1971) obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Regional Studies, and also works at Syracuse University, as a professor of Transmedia Core. Sayler / Morris set up The Canary Project in 2006, a long-term photographic research project of landscapes around the world where scientists are studying the consequences of climate change. The work of Sayler / Morris was awarded a Light Work grant in 2012.
Price EUR 15,00