Positionen zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung in der aktuellen Kunst

17 January – 22 February 2015

Openiing on Friday 16th of January at 8 pm

Künstlerhaus Dortmund

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.

Featured artists:

Karin Brosa
Yvonne Diefenbach
Etta Gerdes
Afke Golsteijn
Anne-Louise Hoffmann
Hartmut Kiewert
Sebastian Meschenmoser
Arno Schidlowski
Martin G. Schmid
Dóra Zambó

current and upcoming exhibitions

16.03. – 18.08.2024
Solo exhibtion, Zitadelle, Berlin

02.05. – 31.08.2024
Galerie KK Klaus Kiefer, Essen

05.05. – 28.07.2024
Cubus Kunsthalle, Duisburg

07.07. – 06.10.2024
Bitte zu Tisch!
Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot

26.09. – 31.10.2024
Start Sniffing
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien

03.10.2024 – 02.03.2025
Hello Nature. Wie wollen wir zusammen leben?
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg

24.10.2024 – 06.04.2025
Verrückt nach Fleisch
Museum Brot und Kunst, Ulm

Herbst 2024
Solo exhibition, Galerie KK Klaus Kiefer, Essen


“The position that non-human animals occupy in our cultural imagination is proof for how easy it is to accept the lower status of some beings without even a second thought.”

― Aph Ko