From the Passion of Christ to the Calvary of Animals by Estela Torres Estela Torres

, par Estela Torres

Dessins Estela Torres
Textes et citations de Théodor W. Adorno, George T. Angell, Suzanne Antoine, Association One Voice, Éric Baratay, Mark Bekoff, Jeremy Bentham, Florence Burgat, T. Casey Brennan, César Chavez, Michel Damien, Eugen Drewermann, Victor Hugo, Emmanuel Kant, Dr. Helmut Kaplan, Milan Kundera, Paul Léautaud, Andrew Linzey, Karl Lowith, Oren Lyons, Théodore Monod, Cardinal John Henry Newman, Norm Phelps, Pythagore, Tom Regan, Bernard Rordoff, Jonathan Safran Foer, Marie Sarantakis, Arthur Schopenhauer, Albert Schweitzer, Matthew Scully, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dr David Starr Jordan, Pierre Troubetzkoy, Desmond Tutu, Marguerite Yourcenar, Emile Zola

42 reproductions
Format 21 x 29 cm
56 pages
Éditions FRA

Estela Torres web site

Dominant Christian theological paradigms have traditionally believed in the ascendancy of humankind over that of the natural world and its animals, placing humans at the center of creation. Consequently animals are believed to be inferior beings at the service of people.
The current environmental crisis can be seen as a reflection of this unbalanced
relationship. Thus arise ethical as well as theological questions about humankind’s role
and stewardship regarding animals and nature. The aim of my recent artwork is
to approach these questions and have these two disciplines come into dialog.

Animal Passion is series of drawings started in 2013 in conjunction with my research on Animal Theology. The aim of these drawings is to parallel in images and in discourse the suffering of Christ as a persecuted innocent put to death, with the suffering of the innocent and the voiceless put to death, which are the animals. This is done by the juxtaposition of images taken from Internet about animal mistreatment with those of religious representations taken from the history of art such as scenes of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ from Velazquez, Ribera, El Greco etc.