• This body of work is a documentation of a ritual slaughter, highly inspired by Lotar’s ‘Abattoir’ collection and Bataille’s idea of heterology: “that which is other”. Bataille undermines traditional materials with his notion of ‘base materialism’ excluding all idealism and heterology signalling rejection. A thing, which cannot be classified, becomes disordered.

    Bataille recognises the slaughterhouse as ‘sacred horror’, with sacrifices being both for prayer – an elevated and virtuous act – and killing, a negative in society, which excludes the act from all idealism. Bataille argues that everything this binary of an ‘elevated’ and a ‘low’ use; the mouth, for example, can be used for speaking or for spitting. I chose to document ritual slaughter as the ultimate idea of this ‘high’ and ‘low’; despite being a holy and sacred act, it is quarantined and repressed in society. My photographs of the ritual slaughter aim to accentuate how society generates contradictory norms and standards of what is virtuous and what is not.

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