124 pages – 22 x 28 cm – Handman – 30 prints
« Il se trouve plus de différence de tel homme à tel homme que de tel animal à tel homme. »
Michel de Montaigne, Essais, Livre II, 1580
"Even though some us may never have possessed an animal, we all enjoyed some way or other what they bring to us: milk for breakfast, fascinating documentaries, leather shoes, woolen gloves … we have all experienced the nuisances too: dog poop , ceaseless barking ,cats in heat howling in the middle of the night , foul smell from the neighbouring breeding farms
Such is the big paradox of our society : Although we have made every effort to escape from our animal condition, we have never managed to live without animals.
The pet phenomenon constitutes the most visible aspect of this western domestic system: Today, sixty million pets, among them more than eight million dogs and ten million cats, share our lives in France. In fact, there are almost as many animals as inhabitants in France. Indeed, over the last thirty years, the question of the relationship between humans and animals has acquired an unprecedented importance and the place of the animal in our society as well the way we treat them, means a lot to us. For all these reasons, we have decided spend a whole year over this question which may appear trivial at first sight but which is actually a large-scale social phenomenon.
We will also analyze the dark side of the coin : animals being abandoned. And there lies for us the root of the problem: why does holiday departure turn out to be a real bad adventure when we have a pet?"