ANIMALS IN LOVE - SIVA SAI JEEVANANTHAM

 

Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
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In this work, I am trying to understand a topic often considered taboo, Zoophilia, to explore the limits of love itself. Zoophilia, love towards animals, is often only seen as a perversion. I have documented lives of Zoophiles, who don’t necessarily have sexual intercourse with their animals. Zoophiles (People who claim to have an emotional, platonic or sexual relationship with their animals) are often afraid of social humiliation and life threats from the society, thus they hide their sexuality behind the social fabric of social righteousness. According to animal rights activists, Zoophilia is an absurd psychological condition, where people sexually abuse the animals. To counter this argument Zoophiles put forward the idea of love and how it differs from a sexual relationship.  It is an uncommon sight and often unacceptable to most of us but we can’t deny that human desire is way beyond what we just see and consider as natural.

SIVA SAI JEEVANANTHAM

Siva Sai was born in Chennai, India. He is currently a Photography student at National Institute of Design, India. He works primarily with still and moving images to create cognitive dissonance in human minds. The idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ has always intrigued him, and his work refuses to confirm to this binary.  “Human conflicts are something which can never be eradicated because good and bad is never a constant, then why succumb to one idea of good? This question always directs me to explore the behaviour of the society". Siva Sai’s work Avant-garde politics was exhibited as part of a group exhibition  ‘Young Advocates’ in Format Festival 2019 and was also published in PIX Photo Magazine in India. His previous work Animals in love , looks at the extremes of human-animal relationship (Zoophilia). This was exhibited in a group exhibition in PH21 Gallery in Hungary.

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