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2015, Watercolor on paper
76 x 56 cm
Istanbul Modern Collection, Turkey

“Michalakakos’s works, though indebted to John James Audubon in their structure and scientific approach, are a proposition for a “parallel universe” (also the title of one of her series): they foretell the dystopia that will be the world of our near future. No longer natural, prone to mutation, it will find its perpetuation in pain, outside the solace and the rituals of mating. Its survival will lie in forced misalliances. It will be a world damaged by our own incompetence and mistakes, as witnessed by the flamingo that ties its head around its leg.”

Paolo Colombo [Till it’s gone, exhibition catalogue, The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art]