“When an animal, whose scale is immediately challenging to your own, is encountered stranded on a beach, it becomes an avatar, acting as a form of testimony, compelling you to engage with your own cognitive dissonance and your position of privilege in the human/animal binary. As avatars they play a critical role by drawing to the surface, and infusing with emotional force, submerged stories of injustice. They become the public’s touchstone into the big blue and question indifference as a way of belonging.”
Janet Solomon’s Becoming Visible
Janet Solomon – a Durban artist and filmmaker – will be screening her passion-project movie, Becoming Visible, about the impact of noise exposure from marine surveys on sea species, at the KZNSA Gallery on Thursday 15 March at 7pm.