In Talking to Leffie, I explore the notion of strength-fragility relationship, man vs nature dichotomy and our dependence on animals. In my analysis, our relationship with animals is one that has evolved from a natural basis of danger, hostility, domestication and companionship. In this contentious relationship, there is only one element in this equation that has changed: the attitude of humans.
Causing harm and extinction of various creatures, the presence of the animals in my work is a sort of nemesis that interrupts the overwhelming technological concern nowadays (represented by my costume). The work also investigates how technologies have brought forward the extended self-sustaining, the notion of digital subjectivities and the human-machine digital interface. ‘Talking to Leffie’ forces humans to reconsider their relationship with animals by dropping the false sense of superiority. I capture the latter with the white bandages, which signifies fragility in a world where habitats of animals are shrinking and constantly under threat. Simultaneously, there is a sense of decency in a fractured relationship that requires healing. I think curing starts by acknowledging our dependencies, vulnerabilities and ultimately showing humanity towards domesticated animals and those in the wildlife in order to restore balance in this strange dichotomy between man versus nature.