There is wonder in the otherness of humans, animals and plants. Allowing ourselves to be curious rather than critical might be a key to dissolving unconscious bias – towards other living beings and also to ourselves.
Alterity is a philosophical and anthropological term meaning “otherness”, that is, the “other of two” [The Latin Dictionary].
Alterity is an encounter with “the other.” This “other” is not like any other worldly object or force. The perceiving subject (I myself) sees that another human being is “like me.” They act like I do, appear to be in control of their conscious life, just like me [Emmanuel Levinas].
In such exchanges we are not lost, but rather the “proper self”. Ego is still there; we do not disappear, but boundaries are less well defined. The self is opened to new experiences, and the “affair” of the other is made available [Charles E. Winquist].
Photopolymer Etching - Charbonnel ink on Stonehenge paper. 2 plates.
34 x 56cm
47 x 66cm
February 19, 2019