Dominik Fleischmann – Algernon’s Flowers
Photographic Centre Nykyaika (Mon-Fri 12 – 18, Sat-Sun 12 – 16)
Algernon’s Flowers is dedicated to the life of mice and rats that are used in the name of science. The exhibition combines photographs of animals bred for experiments and pictures of fading flowers to open a dialogue around the ethical and moral flaws of animal testing. The work acknowledges scientific achievements but also questions common research practices and asks for our role within nature. The project is inspired by Daniel Keyes’ novel Flowers for Algernon and its moral questions in the cycle of life and the limits of science.
A mix of visual elements defines the cross-disciplinary work. The first part depicts the life of laboratory rats and mice in documentary photographs. Part two reflects on medical achievements through vivid microscopic visuals of fluorescent cell migration. Finally, as a symbol of grief, part three deals with the fragile human connection to nature in images of withering flowers.
Algernon’s Flowers is my tribute to animals used in medical research, even if it might be nothing but a mere gesture, like placing a dying flower into the dirt, in the belief that all life is sacred.
Dominik Fleischmann is a lens-based visual artist and writer. The exhibition Algernon’s Flowers at Photographic Centre Nykyaika is his first solo exhibition in Finland and part of his master’s thesis in Photography at Aalto University.
Dominik’s work and this exhibition have been kindly supported by Patricia Seppälä Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Åland Archipelago Artist Residence, Art For All, and Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture.