The images in this exhibition are of chimpanzees retired from biomedical research, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade. These individuals now live at the Fauna Foundation sanctuary in Montreal, Canada and the Center For Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida. Both facilities are committed to issues of animal welfare and enlightenment. They provide safe asylum for the chimps, most of whom have endured years of isolation in metal cages measuring 5’ by 5’ by 7’ in laboratories where they were subjected to countless invasive surgeries and infectious diseases. In contrast, the sanctuaries offer the chimps a chance to live out their days in relative peace and comfort.
These photographs are the result of a workshop by 7 photographers, curator Dr. Wolfgang Scheppe and Tyrol tourist board. My work investigates the alpine valley of Ötztal in the Austrian state of Tyrol. The exhibition catalogue SIGHT-_SEEING, Places and Perspectives of Interest features all the commissions work by Michael Danner, Dominik Gigler, Monika Höfler, Verena Kathrein, Jörg Koopmann, Andrew Phelps and Matthias Ziegler and essays by Gero Günther, Walter Klier and Wolfgang Scheppe.