Anything Can Happen When an Animal Is Your Cameraman - Adel Abdessemed
Anything Can Happen When an Animal Is Your Cameraman - Adel Abdessemed

Anything Can Happen When an Animal Is Your Cameraman

Adel Abdessemed

A man in a gorilla suit puts a wedding ring on the finger of his bride, Julie.The timeless story of Beauty and the Beast is thus immediately grafted onto this photograph of a grotesque wedding. But revisiting that tale in this day and age clearly alters the stakes: are we so sure of the difference between animals and humans? Is this gorilla an image of masculine besti- ality? And who is holding the camera—is it the artist, who should be playing the role of groom in the ape costume? Is there any place here for the animal’s point of view? Obviously not, once this photo is linked to other works by Abdessemed in which wild animals display their indifference to the world of humans, revealing the naiveté of our anthropocentric projections. GC

2008 / C-print
47 x 62,9 cm