Specere is an amalgamation of photographic project work produced over the past ten years by photographic practitioner Alexandra Murphy – each project focuses on a specific natural history museum collection. The works explore potential connections between metapsychology, museology and photography - between Todestrieb or death-drive (Sigmund Freud), decay and possibilities of defiance in attempts to preserve the past. ‘Specere’ is the Latin root word for common words such as: specimen; spectacle; species – all words relevant to Alexandra’s research, thus Specere becomes a symbolic word for the interplay between life and death, past and present within the museum space. See www.acm-photo.com for further project information.
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