- Michael Zhang · Jan 03, 2013
Photographer and master Photoshopper Agan Harahap has an interesting new project called Garden Fresh. Each of the ‘shopped photographs shows wild creatures exploring the inside of a grocery store.
Garden Fresh series investigates the shifting boundaries between humans and animals in today’s environment and the complex relationship between art and nature. It is like a fable about a journey undertaken by the animals when they venture into our daily lives. The animals are confronted by a new reality that is in conﬂict with their natural habits and habitats.
At the same time, when we see these ‘zoo-trapped’ animals in supermarkets, their most outstanding characteristics are isolated as their ‘only’ characteristics. The animals are stripped of their own identities and are used as empty vessels to be ﬁlled with the human drama of parody, satire and allegory. We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us.
Harahap is the same artist who created the wildly viral photo-manipulations of superheros seen in historical photographs.
You can find more of his work over on his DeviantArt page.
Image credits: Photographs by Agan Harahap