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"Animality: Cultural Constructions of the Animal"
2003-06-25 until 2003-07-06
Blue Oyster Art Gallery and Project Space
Dunedin, , NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Honouring its commitment to cutting edge contemporary art work that isn't for the squeamish, Blue Oyster Gallery and Project Space bring us Animality, an exhibition that will explore our connections to, and our understandings of animals. Works range from those addressing animal advocacy to those questioning the cultural constructions of the animal.

From the glass menageries of animals housed in the Hubrecht Laboratory, Netherlands, and the Tornblad Institute, Sweden, comes Dublin artist Karl Grimes photographic series Future Nature. Captured in a state of grace, the foetal images invite us to view and enter a contemplative mode.

Trophy hunting is the focus of New Zealand based British artist Angela Singer. An animal rights activist Singer works ethically with the animal. Using donated old taxidermy trophy kill, she strips the skin from the taxidermic support, replacing it with wax to form flayed flesh.

Catalogue essay is by Steve Baker, Reader in Contemporary Visual Culture at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, author of The Postmodern Animal and Picturing the Beast. His essay in the forthcoming collection Killing Animals (Illinois UP) will include further discussion of the work of exhibiting artists Angela Singer and Jordan Baseman.

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Angela Singer
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