Hopping mad: fluffy bunnies meet office politics in Nicolas Haeni’s new photo series

In an Easter-themed mode, join us down the rabbit hole of Swiss photographer Nicolas Haeni’s hopping mad photography series, where mischievous bunnies infiltrate the humdrum of corporate life

The rabbit is gray and white
(Image credit: Nicolas Haeni)

Many of us are still readapting to office life following two years of hibernating at home, where working days were accompanied by our fluff-covered family members; they infiltrated our Zoom meetings, demanded attention, lifted our spirits and lowered our stress. 

In a strange collision of worlds, we go down the rabbit hole of photographer Nicolas Haeni’s new limited-edition photography series, in which endearing bunny rabbits have found their way into the clean-edged rigour of corporate life.

A rabbit on a desk

(Image credit: Nicolas Haeni)

Launched in time for Easter, Haeni’s ‘bunnies at the office’ series marks the first limited-edition artist portfolio release from Take Care Collective, with future releases also set to have an animal theme. Haeni’s five-part series, now on pre-order and limited to an edition of 100 each, features five fluffy executives each starring in their own office dramas. 

This level of quirk is not unfamiliar to Haeni, whose work is sleek with a playful twist. The photographer has long been ‘obsessed’ with the power of everyday objects to ‘tell stories about human habits’, as he puts it. During the Covid-19 lockdown in Switzerland, the artist turned everyday household objects into strange Heath Robinson-esque contraptions that appeared to take on a life of their own. 

The rabbit project began when one of Haeni’s friends – under undisclosed circumstances – had rabbits introduced into her office. Haeni has left each of his narratives largely up to interpretation. One rabbit reclines authoritatively on an office chair (perhaps chairing a shareholder meeting), while another emerges mischievously from a waste paper basket. Elsewhere, a white bunny sits on a photocopier awaiting its close-up; another perches on its hind legs, seemingly diffusing a bout of explosive office politics.

A black rabbit

(Image credit: Nicolas Haeni)

Rabbit side on telephone

(Image credit: Nicolas Haeni)

INFORMATION

Nicolas Haeni’s Take Care Portfolio series is currently on pre-order through Take Care’s online store. takecarecollective.bigcartel.com (opens in new tab)

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Harriet Lloyd-Smith is the Arts Editor of Wallpaper*, responsible for the art pages across digital and print, including profiles, exhibition reviews, and contemporary art collaborations. She started at Wallpaper* in 2017 and has written for leading contemporary art publications, auction houses and arts charities, and lectured on review writing and art journalism. When she’s not writing about art, she’s making her own.

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