NEMESIS 3five – Center for Contemporary Art, 29 August 2022, Lille.

NEMESIS August 29 to October 2 3cinq – Contemporary Art Center
In this photographic series, Maxime DUFOUR leads us to question ourselves about man’s responsibility in the face of recent pandemics and the sixth mass extinction of animal species. motor disability; visual impairment mi; saw

3five – Contemporary Art Center 4, place du Temple 59000 LILLE Lille-Centre Lille 59046 Nord Hauts-de-France


of man’s irresponsibility and his other sins.

2020 and 2021 will forever be etched in the collective memory of humanity as years of restrictions and deprivation of liberty.
In the face of the infamous COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have had to deal with unprecedented health crisis management.

However, human history has been paved with much bigger pandemics.
The 14th century Black Death, the first variant of H1N1, with 75 million deaths and the 1918 Spanish flu recently re-evaluated at nearly 100 million deaths topped this sad ranking.

Plague, leprosy, cholera, yellow fever, malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, the mere mention of them continues to send shivers down my spine.

Now the great scourges have been eradicated from the Earth’s surface, but equally deadly newcomers are appearing: bovine spongiform encephalopathy, H1N2 swine flu, H5N2 and H5N8 bird flu… COVID-19.

Fleas, mosquitoes, mice, monkeys, cows, birds and, more recently, bats and pangolins, all pandemics appear to originate from animal pathogens.

In the early 2000s, a new emerging disease was discovered every 14 to 16 months, compared to one every 10 to 15 years in the 1970s.
An estimated 1.7 million undiscovered viruses are currently present in mammals and birds, of which 827,000 may have the ability to infect humans.

Today, however, with the progress of medicine, hygiene and constant sanitary monitoring, many of them could be avoided if humanity showed humility, benevolence and respect for the respect for the animal and plant world.

The sixth mass extinction is accelerating and endangers the survival of humanity through the exponential collapse of biodiversity.

From Chinese wildlife markets to factory farming and non-virtuous practices, new culprits are quickly identified, but regulating an official industry that generates hundreds of billions of euros a year and supports millions of people around the world remains a major challenge for o Years to come.

Pesticides and GMOs in America and China, paroxysmal deforestation in Brazil, a plastic continent three times the size of France in the middle of the Pacific, intensive agriculture in Europe… no territory is spared from human madness.

Man is now on the brink of the abyss he himself has tirelessly dug since the end of the Second World War.

Stripped of everything, in the dystopian environment he himself created, he finds himself alone, like Hamlet holding the skull of the jester Yorick, facing the animal species he has decimated or denatured.

Of these disastrous conditions, what legacy should we leave for future generations?

It remains to be hoped that humanity finds its salvation in the analysis of its past responsibilities and that the COVID-19 episode marks the beginning of a new era, one of healthy resilience, collective consciousness and a profound paradigm shift.

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