HUN

“... Hunting has become my passion. It’s something I can’t get enough of. It’s not like giving birth to my first child, but it’s similar..” - My mother (Danish TV, 2005)

HUN is an answer to my mother's comment, when she once said that hunting your first animal feels the same as giving birth to your first child. HUN is a family project dealing with the complex and invisible bond we build with our family. HUN understands the family as a cosmology, which means everything that is alive that surrounds us. What happens when one of these elements ceases to exist? What happens when a plant or an animal stops breathing?

HUN tells a story about how white, Western societies have structured and shaped the world’s cultural understanding of nature. It is made for us to revisit our own beliefs and biases. Hun means “she” (in Danish). Hunter means “us”.

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother, my sister and I - family archival photograph
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My mother, my sister and I - family archival photograph

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother in the Danish country side - family archival photograph
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My mother in the Danish country side - family archival photograph

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother riding a horse - family archival photograph
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My mother riding a horse - family archival photograph

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother with baby and elephant teddy - family archival photograph
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My mother with baby and elephant teddy - family archival photograph

© Julia Mejnertsen - Copenhagen Zoo (2021)
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Copenhagen Zoo (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Baby elephant in Copenhagen Zoo (2021)
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Baby elephant in Copenhagen Zoo (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother with elephant tattoo (2021)
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My mother with elephant tattoo (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother and niece (2021)
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My mother and niece (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Zimbabwe (2017) and Copenhagen Zoo (2021)
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Zimbabwe (2017) and Copenhagen Zoo (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Copenhagen Zoo (2021) and Zimbabwe (2017)
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Copenhagen Zoo (2021) and Zimbabwe (2017)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Zimbabwe (2014) and Copenhagen Zoo (2021)
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Zimbabwe (2014) and Copenhagen Zoo (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Target, Ulfsborg, Denmark (2018)
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Target, Ulfsborg, Denmark (2018)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Target practice, Ulfsborg, Denmark (2018)
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Target practice, Ulfsborg, Denmark (2018)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Hyena in Zambia (2018) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)
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Hyena in Zambia (2018) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Zimbabwe (2019) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)
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Zimbabwe (2019) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - Zimbabwe (2019) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)
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Zimbabwe (2019) and Zoological Museum, Copenhagen (2021)

© Julia Mejnertsen - My mother (2021)
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My mother (2021)