Eugenics – You are invited!

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Unfortunately I will not be in attendance for the opening, but if you are able to visit, please let me know what you think.

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“Eugenics for dummies” Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 84 x 59.5 cm Hannalie Taute 2023

Eugenics is a Greek word which roughly translates as “Well bred”. Eu = good, genes = born.

“The first person to use photography for the purpose of publicising and promoting eugenics was Charles Darwin’s half cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911). The founder of modern eugenics movement, Galton defined eugenics as ‘the science of improving stock, which is by means confined to judicious matings, but which, especially in the case of man, takes cognisance of all influences that tend in however remote degree to give the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing…” (Quoted from

“In addition to forming composite image that articulated family resemblances and amalgamated artists’ pictures of famous historical figures, Galton’s techniques were embraced by the Eugenics movement. It was not until Hitler and Nazi Germany adopted eugenics that it began to fall from favour.  However, eugenics has emerged again as a subject for debate as human gene editing and other reproductive technology in the late twentieth and early twenty –first centuries have made selective breeding an open question once again.” (Quoted from  

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