In Aviary, Angelucci adapts known photographic genres and biological taxonomies to entirely new fictional ends. In this work she reveals other species not yet known to any system of taxonomy, suspended photographically in a state of perpetual becoming. Aviary’s photographs originate from several collections of popular Victorian-era cartes de visite and cabinet card portrait photographs. These historical documents are meticulously interwoven with details from images Angelucci took of extinct and endangered North American birds preserved in the Royal Ontario Museum’s ornithology collection.
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