rohan chakravarty © 2017
Zoo's began as muses for the lazy and unadventurous, who dared not travel to beyond the comfort of their country, but wanted a taste of the exotic and untamed. Today, because of this twisted Victorian beginning – there are more tigers in zoos around the world than population of Wild Tigers, and that is just the start.
This project is an attempt to understand why captivity still exists and continues to be muse and entertain us. "This side - That side is a project that tries to view both sides of the story.
Captivity for studying and observing critically endangered animals is understandable and respected. In fact, it is integral for the survival of many species around the world.
But, that is not the underlined pretext on which most of today’s zoos are run. Though we are all aware that captivity and trade industry used for monetary gain than used to study animals, we have over the years accepted their existence.
The captivity of animals gives a very wrong image to the impressionable and trustworthy, an impression of possession, dominance and control. Furthermore, the constant dim lit unhygienic conditions and constant tease of the public; is all that the animals experience.
Zoo's, in a subtle way, acting as a hidden beacon show mans dominance over nature that is rapidly disappearing.