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The Private Lives of Pet Primates

Some of Robin Schwartz’s striking images are on view now Staten Island’s Alice Austen House through the end of May.

Nice write-up from Hyperallergic.

“Each primate was unique and unpredictable,” she said of the experience. “Primates are not domesticated even though they are born in captivity. For me, this project was a combination of science and art.”

Like Us highlights a world of freedom, where the only bars present are those of toddlers’ cribs. You can spot the subtle line of a leash or glinting chain in a few images, which remind of the underlying hierarchy in the households, but most of these primates are loose, lazily lounging on armchairs or reveling at play. Humans make only peripheral appearances that suggest their roles as caretakers: arms reach into the frame to wash, nurse, and feed the primates, but the animals are usually portrayed alone.

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