RACED TO DEATH
[Whitehall, Digital Video, 2.55min, 2020]
This film depicts the activities of live racing to make visible the experiences of the horses, in particular, thoroughbreds. Woodbine Racetrack is one of the largest employers in Rexdale, Ontario, with a staff of approximately 750 and a barn that houses over 2500 horses bred and trained for racing.
Although I take objection to horse racing or any sports that force animals to work for human gain, I did witness tenderness between horse and trainer that was palpable. I wanted to include these shots to explore the tension that complicates animal exploitation and problematizes human/animal relationships.