Tropies, by Zoe Leonard, 1990

Zoe Leonard Trophies, 1990

Medium: 7 gelatin silver prints
Dimensions: 28 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. (73 x 106 cm) each
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York. Images courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy

In Zoe Leonard's work, museum and other displays are not carriers of objective, factual information but rather are sites through which to divine both radical singularities and the frameworks created to categorize and control them. In Trophies, Leonard foregrounds how hunting trophies—talismans of man's power over nature—can also be seen as so many portraits of once-living beings. Photographed so as to emphasize the strangely affective faces of these gutted and stuffed animals, the images raise questions about how we determine value and how we act on those determinations. 


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"Trophies." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​trophies/​.