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TATTOOED ANIMALS

An Exhibition by BBW

Did you know Andy Feehan, an American artist who used to tattoo the skin of live pigs and hairless dogs? In that way he gave them a status of an artwork in order to be seen luxury pets that don’t deserve human cruelty. In the late 70s, Feehan first did a drawing on a 2 years old pig, illustrating wings, which he named Minnesota. By depicting wings as a symbol and an only salvation from the slaughter, he aimed to make people reconsider eating meat and furthermore in response to the attacks by defenders of animals, he argues that what he does in the name of art is nothing compared to what’s been done in the name of science.

Another example from the early 90s is Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, who is also heavily criticized for inhuman treatment of living creatures. To avoid any judgement, in 2004 he bought a farm in China, where he works along a group of specialists and veterinarians taking care of “happy” pigs, whose skins are being tattooed with symbolic images from the Western culture, such as characters from Disney cartoons, design ornaments that adorn bags of Louis Vuitton, religious portraits and others.

Exactly here, comes also the idea of the last issue of Blood Becomes Water / BBW. Without being so provocative, we invited seven artists to simply illustrate tattooed animals.

Artists: Dase, Cristina Georgieva, Vladimir Tapata, Paul Laubet, Robin Renard, Raya Rayax, Rosie Eisor

More info at bloodbecomeswater.tk

Special guest ALIEN MUSTANGS (GR) alienmustangs.bandcamp.com

27 December 2014 – 10 January 2015

The Fridge, 8 Madrid Blvd., Sofia