photos: corey rankin

blind spot (2019), plays with the irony of a mesmerising illusion captured within a repetitive tune. It is addressed to the human attempt at controlling nature by introducing non-native species to Australia. Like for instance, the Rhinella marina (cane toad) that was introduced to the continent from Hawaii in 1935 in order to control native grey-backed cane beetles that were causing detriment to the sugar cane crops. The cane toad's overwhelming proliferation, due to a lack of natural predators, quickly became a threat to the native habitat.
In blind spot, Ferracin also reflects on human intervention in a shared habitat when a native species, although beneficial in a wild environment, threatens a domestic one. By using a resonant galvanised ant cap, that is commonly used to discourage termites from invading wooden structures, Ferracin brings attention to this oft-strenuous coexistence.

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