Animal Escape Plan. Nikita Teryoshin. pupupublishing

Posted in photography on August 10th, 2023
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“Animal Escape Plan”

According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, roughly 760 million livestock was slaughtered in 2019. A microscopic number of these animals manages to escape the statistic every year, sometimes in adventurous ways.

During the 2021, I travelled across Germany and Austria to meet these special escapees like Ferdinand, Hanni, Wolfgang, Joey, Halla and many more. I collected their stories and captured their personalities.

In both factory farming and the slaughter of so-called farm animals, Germany is sitting up at the top in Europe.

Most of the farm animal breeds up for slaughter and harvest have been developed by farmers and scientists over decades for efficiency’s sake. And it has left deep scars on the animal’s mental and physical health.

Ducks can’t reproduce themselves anymore. The ability to hatch eggs has been bred out because it is no longer required. Sheep grow endless wool and won’t survive without the constant shearing from humans. Bull legs are too thin to carry the body. Cows are dehorned because it reduces bruising to other cows and injury towards farmers. Cows can live up to 20 years, but most only ever live between 5-6 years. Caged in automated cowsheds and perpetually observed by machines, they’ll never get to see or touch the green meadows which adorn their milk packages. The cow’s ability to bear calves and produce the expected amount of milk is a matter of life and death for them.

Most of these animals never reach their average lifespan. They are usually slaughtered in an abattoir or die due to overbreeding illnesses.

To keep public cognitive dissonance at bay, these animals are numbered but never named. This is so the consumer never has to face the reality of commercial farming, when shopping for their meats and dairies in the supermarkets.

64 Pages, 32 images.
Softcover Zine
Size: 21 x 29,7cm
Edition of 800

Photography: Nikita Teryoshin
Design: Manuel Osterholt
Translation: Jeremy Gan

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FÁBRICA. Daniel Blaufuks. Pierre von Kleist Editions.

Posted in Film, photography on November 9th, 2013
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FÁBRICA. Daniel Blaufuks. Pierre von Kleist Editions.

“One cannot walk through an assembly factory
and not feel that one is in Hell.” – W.H. Auden

‘Fábrica’, a new book and film by photographer Daniel Blaufuks, is a collection of images composed into an expanded scenery of memory, a walk through the abandoned spaces of one of the largest factories in Europe in an once flourishing industrial region, that never recovered from the loss of the textile market to the Chinese exports.

Blaufuks worked the book and the film (which comes with this edition) as a documental piece, collecting different kinds of memories, crossing old photographs, manuscripts and objects with images of the present state of the building interiors and surroundings.

The result is a reflection not only on the idea of a ‘factory’ in itself, most generic and abstract, but also about forgetting and abandonment, thus creating a significant memento about labor and the disappearance of the working class in Europe in the last century, which is one of the reasons for the present crisis in the region.

* This title was co-published with Guimarães 2012.

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Color, B&W, 172 pages, 2013
DVD + Postcard included.
Language: Portuguese and English.

Price: €28.00

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