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“You Hear All the Time, Animals Have No Voice. It’s True.”: Linda Kuo on Portraying Wildlife
jason reuven kropsky
Apr 22, 2022
Location: New York City
Summary
Linda Kuo’s photographs exhibit resilience, adaptation, and the unsung struggles of domesticated and wild animals under contemporary conditions. This ranging interview spotlights the intersection between art and ecology in commemoration of Earth Day’s 52 Anniversary on April 22, 2022.
Presented through a stark, minimalist lens that at times strikes a whimsical tone, as in her series “Giving Grace”, where dogs at a dinner table, like the mop-headed Clarisse, a Yorkie chihuahua, aka Muppet, are given first fiddle, Linda’s photographs — even when at their most playful — possess an abiding sympathy for the vulnerability and marginalization of animals. In the case of the English Mastiff diagnosed with cancer, swimming in a tank at his weekly hydrotherapy session in the series “Clinical Hope”, or in the July 20, 2021, New York Times photo essay “Caring for the Wildlife that Stray into the Suburbs,” Linda’s subtle precision, almost clinically forged, invites many thought-provoking ethical and ecological questions.

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