Discover Daro Montag’s fascinating Leafcutter ants artworks created during the 2009 Andes expedition, and featured in the Unfold exhibition and book.
Leafcutter ants – an organism in motion
Harvesting food supplies from a distant location
Following ingrained patterns of behaviour.
An oily line of carbon disrupts their path.
What happens when they encounter this totally unexpected intrusion into their world?
What choices do they have?
What decisions do they make?
Can they learn from experience and adapt to the new circumstances?
Can they incorporate this knowledge into their worldview?
In what way is our behaviour reflected in that of the ants?
In what way does their behaviour mirror ours?
What responses will we make as carbon completely changes our world?
Daro Montag’s Leafcutter ants works were part of Cape Farewell’s exquisite international touring exhibition Unfold, reaching audiences in Beijing, Liverpool, New York, Chicago, Falmouth, Newcastle, London and Vienna. They were also featured in the accompanying Unfold book.
Watch Daro’s footage of the leafcutter ants in action below, filmed during the 2009 Andes Expedition, Cape Farewell’s first expedition outside the Arctic, an 18 day trek through shrinking glaciers, cloud forests, lower forests, areas of deforestation and the Amazon.