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Bablin Dinawan (Father emu), Creation animal, 'Responsibilities of Father emu', 2020

Bablin Dinawan (Father emu), Creation animal, 'Responsibilities of Father emu', 2020

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Renate Rienmueller, silver gelatin (fibre based) photographic print, 27 cm x 21.5 cm (framed size 39.5 cm x 32.5 cm)

“The mother has a natural instinct to care and love for her offspring… and in the animal kingdom the father usually does not have the same responsibilities and obligation to look after its young. With the father emu (Bablin Dinawan)however, things are a little different, and so when we teach young men about the importance of respecting women and taking responsibility, we tell them the story of the father emu. When the mother lays her eggs, she leaves and the father stays and sits on the eggs for up to 55 days until the babies hatch and then stays with them for up to 6 months, raising them and teaching them everything they need to know about how to forage and survive in the bush. There is a lesson here for young fellas about following through with their responsibilities and commitments from beginning to end, young to old. The father emu knows what that responsibility means and is a reminder of how hard mothers have to work to do all of that other stuff that comes with being a mother. This image is about the roles that men have as fathers and caretakers and that we each should hold equal responsibility to look after the earth and each other.”