This 16-page full-color catalog features images made for Melanie Bonajo’s solo show “captive lives, western spectacle” at Capricious Space in 2009. Deeply concerned with their state, Bonajo takes photographs of depressed animals. She explores the notion that the way we confiscate animals from their local landscapes and move them around—treating them solely as inanimate forms, instead of living beings—is an act of violence.
Through these acts, Bonajo believes captured animals become more human than we typically think. That is, these (manmade) violent processes illustrate the oppression that is innate in humans in order to suppress some sort of Other within them.