The conceptual series offers insight into the heart of habitat dioramas: Created to mimic the natural context of the animals that they contain, these scenes invite their viewers to question how those animals relate to each other, exposing our hopes and fears about our place in the natural world. Dioramas represent an attempt to make sense of nature, but they also reveal humans’ deeply complicated relationship with it.
Habitat dioramas are generally credited to Carl Akeley, a taxidermist and expeditionist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ironically, these museum displays were created, in part, to promote the conservation of the species that had been killed for display, highlighting the strange tension between animals as hunting trophies and creatures worthy of our empathy.
The project was conducted in Ukraine, Romania, Russia, China and Israel.