Supraworld is a modern fairytale about freedom, bio-diversity and the poultry industry. Featured is a fortunate community of free roaming domesticated and wild birds living amongst ancient trees at this enchanting Crystal Palace Park in Porto, Portugal. Supra means above, beyond or transcending. Birds are the perfect metaphor for their unique perspective of a world in a revolutionary transition. Throughout human culture, they are powerful spiritual symbols of freedom, peace, force, beauty and transformation of the soul.
Human reverence has been surpassed by exploitation, leading to the extinction of several hundred bird species, particularly since unrestrained industrialisation started in the 17th century. Right now it is estimated that 1200 more bird species are at risk of extinction through human activity.
Most domesticated birds are raised for meat, eggs and feathers, predominantly in a mass mechanised industry that reduces them to commodities and radically shortens their lives. For example, the natural life span of a chicken is around 10 years, while economic interventions reduces that to as little as 1 month, or a maximum of 1½ years. Although many voices are questioning ethics in animal industries, change remains a challenge given existing belief systems and hierarchies of business and consumer habits.
Fairytales have traditionally been used to encourage imagination and wisdom in both children and adults. Stimulating this important part of children’s upbringing is so beneficial to their consciousness and future, by helping them to cope with an increasingly performance-based, competitive culture that requires them to accomplish more tasks in much less time. Fantasy and perceptibility are key skills needed to support strategies, towards a foreboding shift of an exponentially growing AI-robotics work and life culture.
This project experiments withthe boundaries between Photography and Photo-animations.
2021 Centro Português de Fotografia CPF, Porto, Portugal. Supraworld exhibition postponed due Covid restrictions.
2020 Centro Português de Fotografia CPF, Porto, Portugal. Acquisition of Supraworld for their permanent, national photo collection.
2019 Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France. Supraworld video was featured as a result of being selected from the Photo Festival’s BYOB competition.
Video and photographs
Printed Photographs :
|Fine art prints||Hahnemühle Photorag metallic|
|Size||70 x 46,7 cm and 40 x 26,7 cm|
Hahnemühle Galerie FineArt Galerie
Renée Chabot, Making of Supraworld
Photocredit: Pedro Noguiera