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International Archives 1st half of 2015


Fotomuseum, Winterthur (Swiss)

30.05 - 04.10.2015

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Representations of animals are ubiquitous in our culture, from advertising hoardings, to newspapers and television, to hundreds of thousands of images uploaded every day to the internet. Human beings, it seems, are obsessed by the image of the animal. Animals are also consistently subjects of public controversy, whether in relation to animal rights, agro-industrialisation, conservation or genetic engineering.


Exhibition 30 May - 4 October 2015. Fotomuseum Winterthur, Grüzenstrasse 44 + 45 - 8400 Zürich (Swiss). Tel.: +41 52 234 10 60. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11-18h, Wednesday 11-20h.



Finally, Beastly/Tierisch includes an innovative installation of vernacular photography and film, including books, posters and postcards, as well as a host of recent internet images, a veritable virtual zoo. How is animality reconfigured today through everyday photographic practice?

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with many illustrations and essays by Heather Davis, Duncan Forbes, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Slavoj Žižek. It is published by Spector Books, Leipzig.




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Damián Ortega at HangarBicocca   





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Damián Ortega, Controller of the Universe, 2007. Courtesy White Cube. © Damián Ortega. Photo: Stephen White.  

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Damián Ortega


 5 June–8 November 2015

Opening: 4 June, 7pm


 Via Chiese 2


Hours: Thursday–Sunday 11am–11pm

 Free admission

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Curated by Vicente Todolí

 From 5 June to 8 November, HangarBicocca, Pirelli's contemporary art space, presents Casino, the first solo exhibition in Italy by Damián Ortega. Curated by Vicente Todolí, the retrospective exhibition is devoted to one of the most interesting and ironic artists on the contemporary scene, offering a sweeping view of his various artistic forms. These include sculpture, installations and films, as well as a performance which will be staged during the opening on 4 June. The exhibition includes 19 works, ranging from small to large scale, that dialogue with the "Shed" space in HangarBicocca.

 Over the past 20 years, Damián Ortega (b. 1967, Mexico City) has made his mark as one of the most significant artists on the international contemporary art scene, whose work reformulates the very idea of sculpture, in which representation becomes aggregation and deconstruction. Matter, energy and transformations are the concepts at the heart of his artistic research, which gives the exhibition its title: Casino. In Ortega's view, the universe appears as a complex physical system, and one not entirely controllable by man.




Beastly/Tierisch, Fotomuseum, Winterthur

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Katja Novitskova, Approximation III, 2013. © Katja Novitskova / Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.

Katja Novitskova, Approximation III, 2013. © Katja Novitskova / Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.

Over the last two decades, artists have sought to question humankind's relation to the animal world, reworking categories of representation in order to rethink human-animal relations as well as the nature of creative practice itself. Beastly/Tierisch explores these issues in recent photography and video by Sammy Baloji, Marcus Coates, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Charlotte Dumas, Peter Hujar, Simen Johan, Erik Kessels, Elad Lassry, Jochen Lempert, Katja Novitskova, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Moussa Sarr, Carolee Schneemann, Xiaoxiao Xu and many more, revealing how the traditionally anthropocentric nature of vision has been overturned.

The exhibition examines the way in which animals become embroiled in human processes and passions, whether caged, consumed or otherwise caught up in a very human animal-industrial complex. It also explores how the animal appears in art as a figure of critique, either in the form of political allegory or through aesthetic transformation. In recent practice, a more beastly position begins to emerge, pursued by those who seek a bio-centric perspective. In such work, artists attempt to think the animal creatively in its own terms, forging worlds of fantasy freed from humankind.