The photo of 60 cows is a story about a large herd of cows that was an inseparable part of... Read More
The photo of 60 cows is a story about a large herd of cows that was an inseparable part of the landscape of a village in Poland for many years. Suddenly, one day the herd just disappeared. The animals were sold and taken to the slaughterhouse. They were killed within moments.
At the same time, information about the new milking technology appeared in the press. 60 cows stand in boxes arranged in a circle, they are fed and milked without human intervention. they are devoid of contact with other animals, with the sky, grass, or fresh air ... They spend their whole lives locked up. This technology increases the efficiency of dairy cows by 30%, but after 2 years their productivity drops significantly, so they go to the slaughterhouse. There are 60 new cows in the circle.
The photograph shows a cow's dewlap and two flies flying underneath it, suggesting a threat that heralds imminent death. The composition of the painting refers to an aerial photo, a fragment of land and water. This is the broader context of the problem of industrial animal husbandry.
The photo of 60 cows is part of "The Line" series, devoted to the dramatic fate of animals in the "human" world. All photos from this series, hung next to each other, form a composition that forms a line - the line of life.