Bound with Bright Beautiful Things

April 1st, 2017

A consideration of human exceptionalism that draws inspiration from Panchatantra, the famous collection of animal fables

Departing from Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables written in Sanskrit, in this micro-publication artist, writer, and publisher Caroline Picard, considers the problem of anthropocentrism. Picard blends the animal fables with commentary and drawings in order to tackle what she sees as a “basic flaw in our species’ conception of diplomacy” that neglects “the independent politics of surrounding creatures in favor of its own exceptionalism.” Part of the Deep Time Chicago pamphlet series.