Sanne Kabalt

wolf?

After a 150-year absence, the wolf is now returning to the Netherlands. The looming presence of this animal changes the perception of Dutch nature. A forest where you might encounter a wolf feels like a very different forest altogether. I photographed several forests in the Netherlands. Furthermore, I used images from camera-traps from Stichting Wolven in Nederland, an organization formed to prepare the country for the wolf. They’ve placed camera-traps in Dutch forests that capture anything that moves. The resulting images are frequently searched for wolves. And if you do run into the wolf, what should you do? I gathered advice from varying sources. Lay as close to the ground as possible. Look for traces but take care not to step on the trace itself. The advices contradict each other and convey how some people are terrified to face the wolf while others would love to encounter the animal.

Offer it your neck. 

Offer it your neck. 

Lay as close to the ground as possible. 

Lay as close to the ground as possible. 

Stare it down. 

Stare it down. 

Don't turn your back on it. 

Don't turn your back on it. 

Make yourself large and scream aggressively. 

Make yourself large and scream aggressively. 

Curl up into a ball. 

Curl up into a ball. 

Curl up into the fetal position. 

Curl up into the fetal position. 

Look for traces but take care not to step on the trace itself. 

Look for traces but take care not to step on the trace itself. 

Imitate a wolf howl. 

Imitate a wolf howl. 

Walk backwards slowly. 

Walk backwards slowly. 

Sources: Word-of-mouth advice in Transsylvania, WikiHow: How to survive a wolf attack, Stichting Wolven in Nederland, Welkom Wolf België, De Volkskrant, March 10 2015

Forest
4 photoprints on blockout film
140 x 93 cm each

Poses
Installation of 32 riso prints & text
Riso prints 28 x 22 cm each
Total 900 x 28 x 93 cm 

Traps: I
Installation of 600 laserprints on wall and floor
Dimensies variable, here 440 x 188 x 153 cm

Traps: II
Video-projection on wall
Dimensions varible, here 115 x 93 cm
Duration 5:48 minuten (Loop.)


The Wolf? project came into existence in the context of a Vrij Nederland Fotoverhaal. Furthermore, I have worked on this project during a residency in the Pompgemaal Den Helder, courtesy of the Mondriaan Fund. Stichting Wolven in Nederland has provided material from camera-traps. I would like to thank all of the above for supporting the project.