The Human Aquarium is my new Yorkshire life Aquatic project which looks at human impact on the oceans and its inhabitants. It tackles our overdependence on plastics and the issues surrounding captivity.
We are creating an interactive SeaWorld style aquarium installation for the public to explore. Participants will be taken on the journey experienced by confined sea mammals, from their capture, to training, to performing and living in man-made tanks. The installation contains a set of original photographic images featuring Mermaids (and mermen) in place of marine mammals, to explore our detachment from the ethics of keeping animals captivity for entertainment purposes.
Despite the success of documentaries such as ‘Blackfish’ and ‘The Cove’ which exposed the inherent cruelty of cetacean captivity, ‘SeaWorld’ style shows are still popular and profitable, with new marine parks and dolphinaria opening all over the world.
This is especially relevant in land-locked cities such as Leeds as people simply do not think about the issues when offered Dolphin trips by tour operators they don’t realise what they are buying into.
The exhibition opens in February 2019 in Leeds City Centre where thought provoking, evocative images will stand alone as art works and also as creative educational tool.