Beverley Veasey

habitats

Scientists predict that global warming will cause a mass extinction of plant and animal life. By 2050, 25% of all animals and plants could be lost to the effects of climate change. In this climate, zoos may well remain the safest place for animals.

Art Exhibition previously on at Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
From Wednesday 16 September 2009 to Sunday 25 October 2009

untitled #9 2008 image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Wednesday 14 October 2009.
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For her latest exhibition Habitats, photographer Beverley Veasey has photographed the spaces we create for animals in zoos. This exhibition, now on display at MGA, provides an intriguing insight into our relationship with the natural world.

Across fourteen black-and-white photographs Veasey depicts empty animal enclosures found in zoos and aquariums around the world. Veasey’s photographs show our efforts to replicate nature in zoos. We see fake rocks and logs; fluorescent lighting; and painted backgrounds that more closely resemble crude theatre sets than jungles.

Literally drained of their colour, these images intrinsically question the impact of human habitation on animals and their habitats. The spaces they show seem like tawdry motel rooms that only the most desperate would call ‘home’. The viewer can only ponder what animal would reside in each of these spaces, and reflect on the impact that humans are having on the bio-diversity of the planet.

Throughout her photographic career Veasey has made wry and gentle observations on the relations of humans to the world around them. Her previous work shows animals floating in other-worldly spaces, detached from the vitality of their natural environments. Veasey’s work has often drawn attention to the uncertain plight of animals in the face of our refusal to acknowledge fully the impacts of human activity on the natural world.
Beverley Veasey is a Sydney-based photographer, represented by Stills Gallery (Sydney), Dickerson Gallery (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide).