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‘Bestial Encounters’ Exhibit Opening at the WAG

March 16, 2011 6:17 AM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is getting set to open a new exhibition entitled Bestial Encounters.

The exhibit will examine human communication with animals. The work of acclaimed photographer Volker Seding — who spent 15 years visiting zoos around the world capturing poignant and disturbing images of exotic animals in captivity — will be featured in the exhibit. Although these animals cannot speak, Seding captures moments where their eyes and body language offer a complicated tale of longing, pleading, and resignation.

“What separates us from truly understanding animals is the ability to communicate through a shared language,” said Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “This exhibition deals with concepts of communication, language, animals, and collecting.”

The exhibit will debut with a free public viewing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. It continues until June 12.