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2016

Fendo

Modern extinction rates of vertebrates have increased drastically in the last 500 years and the main cause for this is none other than man himself, directly or indirectly. The basis of this project are two mammals that could still be found in large numbers in Africa a few centuries ago but were hunted to extinction by humans: the Bluebuck (Hippotragus Leucophaeus) and the Bubal hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus). The Fendo project takes the form of two sculptural objects that replicate the shape of the animals’ heads and characteristic horns, while a mirror is placed where the animal’s face would originally be, reflecting the faces of the people looking into it. The humans complete the work with their own faces creating thus a new creature which is at the same time the hunter and the hunted. Fendo are hybrid objects that reflect our past and give a glimpse to our future when we will inevitably become the victims of our own actions.
The mirrors are manufactured by the Italian company Mogg and are part of the ongoing research project "Extincto" by CTRLZAK studio.

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Representations of a Bluebuck (Hippotragus Leucophaeus) and a Bubal Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus)

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Drawing of a Bluebuck from 1778 by Allamand, based on a stuffed specimen

ctrlzak - Fendo mirror manufactured by the Italian company Mogg.

Photo of one of the last Bubal Hartebeests in the London Zoo by Lewis Medland in 1895

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Fendo mirrors photos by Ezio Manciucca

ctrlzak - Fendo mirror manufactured by the Italian company Mogg.

Fendo mirror at "White flag" exhibithion. London Design Biennale 2016.

ctrlzak - Fendo mirror manufactured by the Italian company Mogg.
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