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Creator: Rachel Mayeri

United States, born 1969

Title: Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends
Date: 2007
Medium: Video
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 2010.07.1
Label Text:Primate Cinema is from a series of video experiments that translate primate social dramas for human audiences. The first experiment, Baboons as Friends, was a two channel video installation juxtaposing field footage of baboons with a reenactment by human actors, shot in film noir style. A tale of lust, jealousy, sex, and violence transpires simultaneously in human and nonhuman worlds. Beastly males, instinctively attracted to a femme fatale, fight to win her, but most are doomed to fail. The story of sexual selection is presented across species, the dark genre of film noir re-mapping the savannah to the urban jungle.

This work was featured in Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art at Sweeney Art Gallery, which was on view from September 5, 2009 to February 6, 2010. It was a group exhibition of twenty international artists exploring human interaction with animals through a collection of provocative video installations, photographs, paintings, and sculptures. Mayeri was the co-curator of the exhibition also. She is based in Los Angeles.