Almost Wild




Valeria Scrilatti (1985, Rome) has been visiting several zoological gardens across Europe for the past few years; facilities in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public. Throughout modernity, this has been one of the main points of focus for scientists in our Western civilization: reducing the unknown to the known. However, beyond just the ‘normal’ tendency of monitoring the animals, Scarlatti also has an eye for the untamed reflex of these animals to hide. 

This on-going project has so far been an effort in creating a balance between a tendency towards anthropomorphism (projecting human characteristics onto animals, for example of shame and shyness) and the paradoxical need for these zoological institutions to put animals on display while also creating a comfortable yet artificial copy of their natural habitats.