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Geographic Tongues by Elisabeth Hogeman

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Elisabeth Hogeman is the creator behind this fascinating and somewhat repulsive photograph series made up of real cow tongues. They are meant as a reinterpretation of the exterior panels of the original altarpiece in Hieronymus Bosch’s, The Garden of Earthly Delights. 

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“These photographs re-imagine the Earth depicted in the exterior panels of Hieronymus Bosch’s panel painting The Garden of Earthly Delights as a series of ‘geographic tongues.’ By replacing the globe as a representation of the world, these tongues play with the idea that the world emerges from language.”

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“Bosch’s depiction of the creation of the world includes an inscription taken from the Psalms—“For He spoke and it was made; for He commanded and it was created.”* Through this inscription Bosch insinuates that the world is one big utterance. Being severed, these tongues cannot speak. But in their vegetative state, they yield their own geographies.” (via elisabethhogeman.com)

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