Corpus Alienum

The colors are muted, the tones are dark, and the landscapes are barren and desolate. Corpses and animal bones scattered in dumps serve as grim reminders of the human sacrifices of our current system.

The concept of immigration and the concept of slaughterhouses in this project are linked through the idea of transition from one state to another. Just as immigrants cross borders and transition from one culture to another, animals transition from life to death in the process of slaughter. Both concepts can also be associated with the idea of adaptation. Just as immigrants must adapt to a new culture and way of life, animals must adapt to the conditions of slaughterhouses and the ultimate outcome of their lives.

Photographs of animal carcasses at various stages of decomposition and images of decapitated animals in slaughterhouses may evoke feelings of disgust and even shock in viewers, but they can also stimulate discussion about our relationship with victims in our society. They can raise questions about how much we have adapted to the world we live in, and how our behavior affects both animals and the environment.

Rafael Zulfugarov, a.k.a KETAPUTA, is a young artist working in the genre of photography. He graduated from the Rodchenko Art School and the POLEZRENIYA School of Photography. His art is based on the combination of strategies from Russian actionism of the 1990s, kitsch, and dark surrealism. Rafael Zulfugarov creates speculative images of reality reminiscent of visions.

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