The Life of Humans. Catalogue

The Life of Humans” project is a tale of a man and his culture seen from the perspective of an explorer of human civilisation, a form typical of nature TV programmes or scientific papers.

The exhibition’s narrative concentrates on specific aspects of human existence and corresponds with Maurice Maeterlinck’s trilogy published in the early 20th century: "The Life of Bees”, “The Life of Termites” and “The Life of Ants”, in which the Belgian Nobel Prize winner, under the guise of an entomological argument, adopts a parabolic strategy, treating the world of insects as a metaphor for the world of humans. Following that path, the “Life of Humans” exhibition deliberately presents an overly anthropomorphised world of nature in order to analyse individual groups of social insects. The search for common points and a critical analysis of the mechanisms existing in the natural world in relation to the functioning of the individual in a group leads to the final question about the place of an individual in society.

Digital version of the publication is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Cultural Promotion Fund.