Talking with Keith and Jo about Hidden
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HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene is an unflinching book of photography documenting our relationship with non-human animals in the 21st Century. It focuses on the invisible animals in our lives: those with whom we have a close relationship and yet fail to see. They are the animals we eat and the animals we wear. They are the animals used in research and for entertainment, as well as the animals we sacrifice in the name of tradition and religion.
The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological epoch. In this era, human activity is the dominant influence on climate, the environment, and all life on earth.
An estimated 80 billion land animals continue to be used and consumed by humans each year. The majority of these animals are raised and killed within industrial agricultural systems. Fish and other marine life are measured by tons.
HIDDEN is a historical document, a memorial, and a call to action. The stories within its pages are revelatory and brutal. They are proof of the emergency confronting animals globally, from industrial farming to climate change, and provide valuable insight into the relevance of animal suffering to human health. With the current Coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc, never has a book like this been more relevant to the future of all animals, human and non-human.
HIDDEN provides these difficult photographs a permanent platform to reside and be seen. These stories are too important to be overlooked and unpublished, or just briefly shared in a flurry of social media posts. They are too relevant to the future well-being of animals, and humanity, to be ignored. This book is a document that will be long-lived. It is proof of what is and what should never again be.
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