London College of Communication
MA Photography

Awards & Prizes

Hela Shamash

Homo animalis

Philosophical notions of 'the animal'- a reductionist term used in the singular to homogenise a variety of beings that lack some human trait- ascribes a negative notion of animality that serves to affirm a binary division between human and non-human animals.

This pejorative concept of animality underlies the ideological framework that subjugates the moral status of animals, and is fundamental in determining how they come to be regarded and treated in contemporary culture.

Homo animalis addresses the binary division between human and non-human animals, fragmenting and abstracting both human and non-human animal bodies in order to explore what arises when the distinction is blurred.