Nezaket Tekin (Hamburg, 1972) is Assistant Professor at the Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography. Her PhD thesis was about André Malraux’s ‘Imaginary Museum’ theory. Some of her lectures are: History of Photography, Photography Project, Art Management, and Memory Places. She researches on memory studies, ecology and contemporary photography. She has spent the last decade taking photos of nature and animals.
Animals are becoming an increasingly bigger part of our lives, our inevitable loneliness. They complement our human or spiritual side that we are deprived of. – Can Batukan
“Why look at animals?” asks art critic John Berger. I would like to address this question by paraprashing it and asking instead, “why look at dead animals?” Extinct or rare animals are the most interesting objects of the camera of curiosities and natural history museums. Hiroshi Sugimoto focuses on the dioramas where animals are shown in their habitats. Lynn Savarese revitalizes taxidermied animals as heroes of a story. Humans and animals have equal value in Michael Ackerman’s photographs. Nobuyoshi Araki’s visual diaries contain stories on life and death. Nezaket Tekin creates utopist scenes using insects. Her other work also involves documenting dead animals.