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Eerie Portraits of Performing Monkeys by Perttu Saksa

By Jules Ebe on October 16th 2013

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A Kind of You is a documentary work of an uncanny Asian tradition, where monkeys are trained and dressed to act humanlike in order to ask money from the by passers. ~ Perttu Saksa

Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa is no newcomer to the intense and haunting images where the cross-sections of beast and man result in unsettling interactions. In 2011, his series Echo received high acclaims for the C-Prints of taxidermic primates in European museum archives from colonial Africa and Latin America.

This year, he turned his lens towards dark and tragic portraits of trained monkeys serving as street performers. The imagery is eerie to say the least. Given the anthropomorphic qualities of a small animal donning a scarred doll head, standing with a stance much like that of a human child, it is difficult not to see a form of oneself chained to the daunting grind of the streets.

Modern city culture has turned the old tradition into an eerie and haunting act of cruel street theatre where animals become something else, never able to reach our expectations.

[rewind: A Lake that Turns Animals to Stone]  

A Kind of You: Eerie Portraits of Street Performing Monkeys

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If you are interested in seeing more of Saksa’s haunting work, check out his website.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Image Credit: Perttu Saksa

[via Feature Shoot]

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is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Allen Mowery

    Are the monkeys being harmed in some way?

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    • Blake

      Yes. They made sure to beat each monkey mercilessly before the shoot to get the emotion they needed. Also the masks are nailed to their faces.

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