Jose Snook : In Memoriam
About the exhibition and its creator
" In Memoriam responds to the unfolding ecological catastrophe of the 6th Extinction. The exhibition includes two series of work: Resurrection and Imposters:
Resurrection focuses upon endangered mammals and takes inspiration from animal bio-banks or frozen zoos. In making this work I wanted to draw attention to endangered species of mammals and the causes of their loss, and also bring attention to the role frozen zoos may play in the conservation of animal species. I also hope the work may encourage thought about the resurrection of extinct species. Featured animals include: Iberian Lynx, which is the most endangered wild cat in the world, with only 156 remaining in the wild and the Scimitar Oryx, which was declared extinct in the wild in 2000.
Imposters explores the replacement of lost species of plants and animals with synthetic replicas, and uses techniques that mimic vintage photographs.
The photographs are of imposters, but also are themselves imposters. The exhibition was partially inspired by an event that happened in the Lake District in 2007 when daffodils flowered too early for the tourist season. So as not to disappoint visitors, a holiday park planted hundreds of artificial daffodils by the shore of Lake Windermere. At the time a spokesperson said, “Unless they look really hard, then I don’t think many people will notice the difference”.
These two series are linked by the themes of loss, replication and replacement. I hope that both encourage thought about human relationships and connections to non-human species, and the urgent need to take action to stop the destruction of the organisms with which we share this planet".
(Jose Snook lives in north Northumberland. Her photographic work and sound works have been exhibited in solo, group & juried shows and arts festivals across the UK, Australia and North America. Jose has also received a number of international awards and commendations for her work. Selected images from Mimesis toured North America during 2020, as part of United Photo Industries, The Fence).
To see more of Jose’s work please visit: www.jose-snook.co.uk