This video forms part of the exhibition ORGANISM at StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.
There are currently 10-14 million species of life on Earth. A species is defined as a group of the same organism that can reproduce with one another and produce fertile offspring; an organism is seen as a biotic, a living part of the environment.
Each of us is an organism, quite unlike others, but at the same time also the same. Human embryos resemble the embryos of any other mammal, bird or amphibian during certain developmental stages because all animals carry very ancient genes dating back to the origin of cells. We're created from the same dust, elements and atoms and governed by the same natural laws - even though our human-made laws don't grant the same rights to other organisms.
"ORGANISM is a body of work inspired by the notion that I as a human being am an organism, within an environment, and sharing this environment with many other organisms and species. We mostly aim to live in symbiosis, but often experience illness, imbalance or other disharmony that could result in... death." - Janet Botes
View some of the artworks as part of the exhibition: http://www.stateoftheart-gallery.com/art-exhibitions/34/organism-:-janet-botes
View some of the photos from the opening of the exhibition: http://www.stateoftheart-gallery.com/exhibitions/155/first-thursdays-%7C-april-2016