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In popular imagination sharks are the epitome of the dangerous animal. However, the statistics tell a different story:

In popular imagination sharks are the epitome of the dangerous animal. However, the statistics tell a different story:





The Sydney exhibition will feature works by more than 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition will also include a new Australian dimension – works by Australian Indigenous artists that explore sharks as totems and our relationship to them, alongside photographs and artefacts from leading ocean environmentalist Valerie Taylor, who with her late husband Ron Taylor, transformed themselves from spear fishers to shark protectors.

The immensely varied works resonated in different ways: some challenged the prevailing prejudices surrounding the deeply feared ‘killer’, while others focused directly on the barbarism and devastation caused by the shark finning industry. Individually and collectively they drew attention to the many different aspects of this urgent environmental issue.

Shark preservation is still undoubtedly critical (over 25% of the world’s sharks and rays are under threat of extinction) and their decline poses a fundamental threat to the health of the world’s oceans. But, as the title suggests, On Sharks & Humanity also provoked larger questions about the human role in environmental degradation, and the struggle we face in re-evaluating how we relate to the natural world and our impact on the planet’s ecosystem.

“We kill millions of sharks every year. Today many species are under severe threat. Sharks are long-lived and slow to reproduce. When species are decimated, they are slow to recover, even when environmental action plans are in place.”
Valerie Taylor – Shark expert, diver, conservationist


Austrailian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
11th Dec 2018 – 2nd June 2019


Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong, June 2017
Parkview Square, Singapore, March 2017
National Museum of China, Beijing, August 2015 – Septemeber 2015
Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, May 2015 – June 2015
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monaco, June 2014 – March 2015


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