Factory with Rhino Poster
This poster rendition of Nick Brandt’s “Factory with Rhino” shows a life-size portrait of a rhino placed outside a factory site. Really, this is Brandt’s visually telling of a story that is both absurd and tragic. Absurd, as neither does a factory belong in a rhino’s environment, nor does a rhino belong in a factory. You can almost imagine a cartoon, in full colour, called something like “Rhino’s Day Out,” something light and comedic unfolding the mishaps the rhino faces while navigating a factory site. But this isn’t the image Brandt shows us, and where comedy can’t sustain the absurd, tragedy follows suit. The words “factory” and “rhino” can’t be strung together without inferring the displacement of the latter for the sake of the former. This rhino—posed as if walking away from its former home—calls attention to this displacement of animals as a consequence of our actions.
While the English photographer began his career directing music videos, it wasn’t until he filmed Michael Jackson’s Earth Song in Tanzania that he was inspired to pay homage to the animals he saw there. In 2001, Brandt began his ambitious photographic project capturing the destruction of East Africa’s natural magnificence and the disappearance of its animals. His fascination with the changing natural world is evident in series like Inherit the Dust (2016), where Brandt places previously unreleased life-size animal portraits in sites of urban development, new factories, wastelands, and quarries. Deciding not to use either a telephoto or zoom lens in his practice, Brandt’s close proximity to his animal subjects imbues his portraits with a sense of intimacy as well as caution that is rare and unique to the artist’s photographs. That, now juxtaposed with the encroaching industrial scapes Brandt exposes, proves the expanse of the photographer’s practice, from his technical skill as a portraitist to his critical environmental commentary at large. But Brandt shows that animals are not the only victims of environmental devastation, the people now inhabiting these landscapes are as well. Spending two decades raising awareness on the threats humanity poses to natural and animal life, Brandt now resides in the mountains of Southern California.
Nick Brandt stands as one of Fotografiska’s most popular photographers with four different exhibitions across its museum locations throughout the years. The image rendered in this poster hails from Brandt’s series Inherit the Dusk, which was shown in full at Fotografiska Stockholm in 2016, as well as in the exhibition On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land at the same location in 2015.
Size: 19.69”W x 27.56”H (50x70 cm)
Printed on FSC-certified paper