Re-relation is a limited series of signed and numbered photographic prints intended as a pretext to reflect on the relationship between humans and the non-human world. We propose eight images and stories about closeness, devotion, boundaries and mutual dependencies.
A Polish proverb says: “Better a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.” What about a pigeon in a handful?
Pictured is a Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) caught by a resident of the small village of Tarkwa in central Ghana. This species has benefited greatly from habitat disturbance by humans, and is found in all types of woodlands, as well as suburban parks and gardens. It thrives also in the urban jungle, easily making stable nests on window sills and high roofs.
But what about the catch itself? How strong is this grip? What kind of relationship is this?
This bird let itself be caught, had trust. It was released.
Among Akan people (a cultural-linguistic group found predominantly in present-day Ghana) the relationship between man and nature takes on a religious dimension. The Akan regard human and non-human forms of life as constituting a single, undifferentiating whole. It is believed that God sustains every living thing: human beings and non-human forms of life. The Akan have a sacramental notion of nature, proclaiming that all forms of life, including every person’s future, lie with God. Looking at the human and non-human forms of life relations from this perspective, the current environmental crisis may be seen as a theological problem.*