The Antropocene is a term now commonly used to describe the age in which we live: a time when the human species holds sway over Planet Earth and exerts a radical influence even on the climate. Many people today - especially city-dwellers - have lost touch with their natural environment, although the complex ecological systems of which man is part continue to operate.
Maarten Tromp has created a series of portraits of primates in rescue centres in the Netherlands, Spain and Indonesia. Those in the Netherlands are animals intercepted in the hands of smugglers or previously used in laboratory testing, as domestic pets or as circus animals. Primates in rescue centres in the regions to which they are native, such as Indonesia, have lost their natural habitat due to forest clearance and trade.
In this series of portraits, Tromp has photographed them without revealing their rescue centre surroundings. What do the portraits say about the way we look at these animals? What point have we reached in our history and how do we, as human beings, relate to the world we live in?
exhibition Gimme Shelter
Somfy Photography Award 2020
october 2 - december 6, 2020
Teten (b. 2012, Indonesia) was rescued in 2012 during a patrol at Lake Tondano in North Sulawesi, where he was chained up and kept as a pet. He was transferred to the rescue centre Tasikoki, in the area of Bitung. That is where he stayed over the past eight years and where a new group was formed. This summer the group of 11 animals was successfully released in the forests in the Gunung Ambang Natural Reserve.
Species: Crested black macaque (Macaca nigra)
Update on the release received 30/10/2020:
“Teten and Augustus were leading their group to encounter wild macaques, but they outnumbered and got separated from the females.
A few weeks later, we found Augustus and Teten together with other wild macaques, trying to form a small group.
The females, including Ireng, joined the wild group that defeated them.”