Dehumanization is the denial of full humanness in others and the cruelty and suffering that accompanies it. A practical definition refers to it as the viewing and treatment of other persons as though they lack the mental capacities that are commonly attributed to human beings. In this definition, every act or thought that regards a person as “less than” human is dehumanization.
Dehumanization is one technique in incitement to genocide. It has also been used to justify war, judicial and extrajudicial killing, slavery, the confiscation of property, denial of suffrage and other rights, and to attack enemies or political enemy.
Artists: Belu Simon Fainaru, Julia Kurek, Peter Puype, David Koronczi, Andrew Wasilewski, Thomas Wendland.
Concept: FEAR INDUSTRY. The title and poster are inspired by the work of Peter Puype. Fear has been one of the most effective tools for controlling people and entire societies. Fear of the facts. In becoming fact, it causes real actions, or lack of them, that push people into activity, or paralyze them physically and mentally.
We at ‘Studio Peter Puype’ are ready to challenge what the future holds.
“Nowadays, to say that we are clever animals is not to say something philosophical and pessimistic but something political and hopeful – namely, if we can work together, we can make ourselves into whatever we are clever and courageous enough to imagine ourselves becoming”.
“Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality.” Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3 (1998).