Cow (Come Closer)

Jan Wester

Image and Language / Video, photography

In the practice of the dairy farmer, the cow is often seen a means of production: a domesticated body, extended by the machines and technology of the farm. Some find this objectionable and instead insist on treating the cow as having the same moral status as a human being. In both these viewpoints, there is a certain absence: that of the cow itself. Cow (Come Closer) examines the individual body of the cow and the collective body of the herd. How are these bodies able to resist both objectification and humanisation, within an environment that seems endlessly rigid?