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GAWIE_JOUBERT
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Menagerie

In this work, Joubert continue to investigate the complicated and sometimes intricate relationships between humans and their surroundings, this time shifting my focus to captivity.

Historically pigeons have been brought into the cities for racing purposes but - as prisoners so often do - the pigeons escaped, transforming the world’s cityscapes into their new habitat.

The question remains, if they are no longer able to live in nature and are trapped within human boundaries, how free are they really? Has the role of observer switched from human to pigeon?

 Each piece is inspired and subsequently named after well-known prison escapes, like Alfred Hinds and the Texas seven.

Working in ink, ironically a material that is itself derived from the animal kingdom, Joubert enjoy exploring both the permanence and the serendipity of the medium.