What is our real relationship with animals?

We are devastated if a family pet passes away, yet many of us gladly consume large quantities of mass farmed turkey at Christmas. Similarly, our emotional heartstrings are tugged at the sight of a beaten seal in an animal rights campaign, though how much do we actually worry about the way in which certain products we buy are made?

The artists taking part in the Bloody Beautiful exposition all deal with this human animal relationship. Appropriating and playing with the different modes with which an animal means something to us: ´an animal as cuddly toy’, ´an animal as biological specimen´, ´an animal as fashion item´, they highlight our often ambivalent and hypocritical stance towards them. The artworks call into question what happens when you allow an animal to play a different role. When a fish doesn’t end up on you plate, but in a beautiful piece of clear Perspex. Does his death then contain a different meaning? How far do you go in your love for animals and where is the boundary between human and animal?

‘Bloody Beautiful’ is a wondrous chamber of exotic curiosities where ethics and aesthetics struggle for prominence and our ambivalence towards animals is highlighted. The show includes ‘beastly’ work by Silvia B., Marcel Berlanger, Jeroen Eisinga, Mark Fairnington, Nicolas Grospierre & Olga Mokrzycka, Koen Hauser, Martin Healy,Sanna Kannisto, Karen Knorr, Marjan Laaper, Erwin Olaf, Barbara Polderman, William Wegman, Cindy Wright and Christiaan Zwanikken.

ABOUT Silvia B.

Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybride figures which she presents in a wide range of settings. Stringendo — a musical term that indicates the retained increase of intensity — shows her latest extremely realistic sculptures of vulnerable adolescent dancers who are struggling with their bindings, strings and wooden parts to grow. The rats that flank the dancers sides, should seem completely inferior, but in the compositions of Silvia B. they have an angelic and pure appearance. The staging of the two complementary characters sums up the drawback of human civilization.

Galerie Ron Mandos presents Stringendo, a new series of sculptures by Silvia B. Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybrid figures; caught between age, gender and culture, between human, animal and doll. In addition to her iconic sculptures she makes drawings, photographs and also curated several projects. Her work is characterized by a constant battle between attraction and repulsion. A duality that comes from her vision of the world, how people behave according to so called codes of civilization and yet are still driven by their instinctive fears and desires.