There is nothing so expressive as the eyes of animals […] which seem objectively to mourn that they are not human.
Theodor W. Adorno
Is it really the animals who mourn that they are not human, as the German philosopher eodor W. Adorno seems to claim? Or is it in fact we who are mourning, or should be mourning, that we are not yet human, that we are not human enough? Is this perhaps what Adorno is implying with his wording: that animals mourn that they are not human because we humans always impress the di erence between us and them upon them, and turn this di erence into something that is to the animals’ disadvantage.
Excerpt from IN THE EYES OF THE OTHER, text by Camilla Flodin, published in The Chosen Ones by Journal Photobooks
C-prints from 4×5”- and 8×10”-negatives
The Chosen Ones, 2002-2015