As Radical As Reality (2017) and A Runaway World (2017) were commissioned by The Mistake Room for the spring 2017 exhibition, that was also titled A Runaway World. The new installations incorporate video of elephants hunted by poachers for ivory; the last male Northern white rhinoceros, a species hunted to extinction for its horns; and the landscapes they inhabit. Thater and her crew gained unprecedented access to the creatures living in enclosures protected by armed guards. The videos are projected onto specially made X-shaped screens designed by the artist to create an immersive and somewhat disorienting experience.
One of the curators, Ms. Forde added, “The three exhibitions, singly and as a group, provide viewers with opportunities to see how leading contemporary artists are exploring time and space, motion and inertia, light and darkness, sound and silence, portraiture and landscape, and, in some cases, critical issues of the day. We are thrilled to be able to connect with audiences in Ann Arbor, New York, and, of course, our home base in Istanbul.”