'Between the Ideal and the Actual' explores the environment of the zoological park. Do they transmit more than just educational material about their captives? Are they also representations of out-moded values and examples of our ancient empirical attitude towards the natural world? In some cases these man-made 'sets' prove to be a paradoxical safe haven from a disappearing and natural habitat. Included in their construction we find artificial lights, climate control, painted backdrops and simulated flora that provide a 'stage' for the captives to play out their role to us the 'audience'. We dutifully engage with this role-play; we peer, we laugh, we mock, we taunt and exit when the show is over. Windows on nature or mirrors reflecting back poignant aspects of modernity?
Jon Anrep • David James Clark • Donna Clark • Amy Courtney • Joanna Cresswell • Paula Evans • Andrea Fernandez • Shaun Hines • Josef Konczak • Stephen Lamprell • Jessica Morris • Jess Porter • Becca Pugh • William Richards • Jennette Rodrigues • Riley Ruthven • Louise Shepherd • Jamie Stoker • Hayley Nia Thomas • Kate Watkins • Samuel Wilcox • Chelsea Wilkinson • Sophia Wise •