PHOTOS: ISTVAN VIRAG (C) PUNKT Ø / MOMENTUM 9
MUSEUM OF NONHUMANITY (FI)
Museum of Nonhumanity, a collaboration between Laura Gustafsson and Terike Haapoja, presents the history of the distinction between humans and other animals, and the way that this boundary has been used to oppress human and nonhuman beings. Elements of dehumanization are seen today in the hate speech that has entered contemporary political discussions. Throughout history, declaring a group to be nonhuman or subhuman, has been an effective tool for justifying slavery, oppression, and genocide. Conversely, differentiating humans from other species has paved way for the abuse of natural resources and other animals. The problem does not lie in the act of calling a man an animal: by definition we all belong to the animal kingdom. The problem is the idea of “the animal”, and the practice of boundary-making itself. Museum of Nonhumanity consigns dehumanization to history where it belongs and seeks a more inclusive form of coexistence for the future.