Dear Deer


2019, 00:19:21, 1080p25, black/white, color, sound

In Dear Deer, Endre Aalrust reflects on various asymmetrical relationships. The relationship between humans and animals is questioned, as is the director’s relationship with his boyfriend who is 19 years younger. Using both found footage and documentary, in part voyeuristic, footage, Aalrust’s video essay brings together tame deer in a Japanese park, Jacques Derrida’s relationship to cats, and scenes of bullfighting and dressage in Argentina with intimate Skype conversations. Accompanied by a voiceover, the artist allows us to share in his observations and reflections on cross-species empathy, embarrassment, and shame.