Yvette Watt — Animal Factories

Posted on May 2, 2013

Yvette Watt captures the concentration camp style of large-scale factory farms.

The works in Animal Factories series consist of large-scale documentary photographs taken of the outside of large-scale factory farms of the type that intensively house chickens and pigs. The images aim to capture the ʻconcentration campʼ style layout of these industrial farms, with the near total absence of animals in the imagery serving to highlight the hidden and secretive nature of the unnatural and restricted environment endured by the animals housed inside the windowless sheds. Through being presented with external views only, the viewer is placed be in a position whereby they must imagine what might be seen inside the sheds were they be able to view the conditions endured by the animals housed inside. The multiple images of farms from around the nation depict the superficial variation from farm to farm, while highlighting the homogeneity of these industrial complexes. Animal Factories has been assisted by a University of Tasmania New Appointees Research Grant Scheme.

Animal Factories
OPENS: Thursday 23rd May, 5pm – 7pm
DATES: 23 May – 20 June, 2013. Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
WHERE: 146 Artspace at Arts Tasmania, 146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, TAS

Yvette Watt is a Lecturer in Fine Art at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

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