Fotograf Magazine

The Prague Zoo Wolf Assemblage: Reflections on the Frontiers of the Discursive and the Material

This visual essay is based on observation of the four wolves in the Prague Zoo and reflects on how the wolves are materially and discursively fixated by such an assemblage. The essay analyses the fears and fascinations that drive these fixations, and the contradictions which they generate. The cat face filter, used in the photographs, thus becomes a metaphor which signifies the instrumentalization and enculturation of the wild. At the same time, the wolves manage to resist these fixations, albeit only to a limited degree, and the essay also posits their own voices, in order to ask a series of theoretical questions.

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