Showcase | Giraffe Behind the Door | Asmita Parelkar

Published by gareth on March 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages – Jacques Deval

Giraffe Behind the Door is a project about animals in captivity. As human beings evolved so did the environment around us. We built walls, set boundaries and kept the wilderness out. In our efforts to connect back with nature we built gardens and zoos, confining the wild animals in cages & glass boxes.

Wild animals naturally shy away from human beings and hide in their habitats. Zoo exhibits are made in such a way that the animals are always visible to the public gaze. Beautifully painted dioramas create an illusion of open landscape and artificial habitat inside these enclosures. The stress of being in captivity often leads to Zoochosis, abnormal behaviors such as pacing and sometimes even self-mutilation. An animal in captivity remains as nothing but a ghost of its former self. Giraffe behind the door is a journey through five zoos in New York and the psychological spaces of the animals in them.

Asmita Parlkar is a photographer based in Mumbai exploring stories about the relationship between humans and animals. For more in formation on her work please visit –

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