Kallima

Alex Kisilevich


With its wings drawn together, the Kallima butterfly bears an uncanny resemblance to a dried-up leaf. Disputed as unnecessary camouflage, what motivates this evolutionary development if not for self-preservation? Could it be a sort of sympathetic sentience from its surroundings or perhaps a gradual loss of self-identity over time?

Alex Kisilevich’s series, Kallima, explores notions of camouflage within contemporary and social contexts by investigating the functions of mimicry in the natural world and its mirroring in human behaviour. The images, full of pathos and absurdity, allude to ideas of disguise, assimilation, and constructed connections between ourselves and others.