The XYZ of Bee Culture
The honeybee's industrious nature has made it a powerful metaphor in flourishing cultures throughout history. But now, in the 21st century, bee colonies are vanishing on a dramatic scale. Although biologists worldwide are still debating the causes, one thing is certain, without these pollinators, our way of life is under serious threat. A third of all we eat is pollinated by bees and much of what we wear is entirely dependent on their pollination. This project will act as a honeybee retrospective, set in a fictional future where this vital species is already extinct. Using the visual language of the archive to discuss preservation and loss, these microscopic photographs are visceral illustrations of the extinction of this vital species.
Michael Alberry • Paul Bradley • Luke Brown • Laura Böök • Danny Carter • Suzanna Davison • David Donovan-Brown • Sam Ivin • Johan Peter Jønsson • Triin Kerge • Jamie E Murray • Ashley Parker • Sam Peat • Mario Pinto • Nicola Pullen • Lianne Runcieman • Sophie Skipper • Sissel Thastum • Emma Uwejoma • Olivia Whittaker •