Sheng Wen Lo


Sheng Wen Lo

White Bear


White Bear depicts polar bears on display and their artificial habitats globally; it attempts to shed light on dilemmas concerning captive animals. The project covers 26 sites across Europe and China. White Bear is not about polar bears — it studies the visible symptoms amongst animals and their artificial habitats by focusing on one specific species.

These habitats are designed to satisfy both the spectators (audience) and the dwellers (animals). In other words, with their effort to mimic the arctic environment, the uncanny structures combine “nature”, "home" and “stage”. Zoo keeping is an intricate resource allocation task often disrupted by unsuitable species. As exotic tourist-magnets, white bears are often the singularity points which defy justifications of contemporary zoos — the missions of conservation, research and education seem challenged by the interest of entertainment.


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