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'Tahlequah' by Dominique Knowles in conversation with Professor David Gruber Subscribe to Alerts

Since early modern Europe, animals in the West have been reduced to machines, raw material and spectacle, devaluing their lives while creating an anthropocentric hierarchy. To counter this narrative, Dominique Knowles's Tahlequah is a tribute to the profound sentience among non-human animals including their capacity to mourn and show empathy for one another. Among them are the eponymous orca Tahlequah, who carried her stillborn calf along with her for seventeen days, and Flint, a chimpanzee who died out of grief for his dead mother.

Dominique Knowles (Bahamian, b. 1996) lives & works in Chicago, IL. Knowles received both his MFA in Painting as a New Artist Society Award scholar in 2020 and his BFA in 2017 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Professor David Gruber is an American marine biologist, a Presidential Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Baruch College and Ph.D. Program in Biology, Graduate Center, CUNY.

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