Positionen zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung in der aktuellen Kunst
17 January – 22 February 2015
Openiing on Friday 16th of January at 8 pm
Sunderweg 1 | 44147 Dortmund | fon 0231 – 820304 | fax 0231 – 826847 | email buero at kh-do.de
Öffnungszeiten Büro Mo + Fr 10 – 14 h Di – Do 10 – 16 h | Ausstellung Do – So 16 – 19 h
The social conception of culture in relation to the animal assumes human dominance. Man dominates the animal in every form, so also in art. Based on this, a representation of the animal in art can only ever be from the human point of view. If it were otherwise, the animal would have to be given the opportunity to represent its position, whatever that position might be. A contemporary exhibition on the subject cannot be critical enough, if only to do justice to the creature that is ultimately at stake. To what extent can contemporary art, in its depiction of the human-animal relationship, go beyond an empathetic relationship to overcome the hierarchy of humans “as the navel of the universe”? “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is the first exhibition in a planned series at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund, with positions that question the generally accepted consensus and search for alternative models and utopias. The exhibition takes a contemporary and ethically oriented look at the subject. Ten artists will exhibit, a catalog to the exhibition is planned.
Martin G. Schmid