Domesticated

In “Domesticated”, Stein captures moments when we're pushed away from safety and comfort and forced to confront the demands of the wilderness.
The series arises out of true stories and real events, reconstructed in sensational dioramas with the help of actors and stuffed creatures.
Exhibition duration:
15-05-2009 - 28-06-2009
Medium:
Photography
Title:
Domesticated
Artist:
Amy Stein
In her series “Domesticated”, Amy Stein explores natural history by querying, in a manner at once quizzical and anxious, the relationship between so-called civilized society and the condition of animals in the wild. The artist examines the ways by which we seem to be deliberately isolating ourselves from the world of nature while at the same time unconsciously longing to recreate a bond with it.
In “Domesticated”, Stein captures moments when we're pushed away from safety and comfort and forced to confront the demands of the wilderness.The series arises out of true stories and real events involving both planned and random meetings between animals and humans, reconstructed in sensational dioramas with the help of actors and stuffed creatures. There is an attempt to re-call specific moments in time when human and animal habitats intersect. Such encounters take place in zones that have been constructed both as a passage between domestic space and the wild, and also as barrier against such contact. In the physical and psychological meeting-place between humans and the wild, primal issues begin to be explored involving dependence and extinction, submission and dominance, comfort and fear. In the different cameos of this exhibition, Amy Stein unpacks our paradoxical relationship with animals and the wild, by exploring how conflicting impulses and needs continue to change the behavior of both animal species and our own. The photographs in this series were inspired by meeting a number of taxidermists and becoming interested in the psychology behind the effort of venturing into the wild to kill an animal and then paying to reanimate it. What does it mean to make such a creature a permanent fixture in the living room? To Amy Stein, the transaction symbolizes our schizophrenic relationship with the natural world. On the one hand humans have always been seeking to find a connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world. Yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature.

Amy Stein lives and works in New York. In 2006 she was winner of the Saatchi/Gallery Guardian Prize for her series “Domesticated”. The following year she won the Critical Mass Book Award and was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine. Amy Stein has had exhibitions in Australia, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is her first exhibition in Denmark.

Opening: Friday, 15 May, at 4 - 6 pm.
Amy Stein will be present.

Seminar on “Humans and Animals in Art”: Saturday May 16 at 3 pm
The seminar includes:
Artist Talk with Amy Stein about the “Domesticated” series.
Lecture on “The Death of the Animal – on the killing of animals in contemporary art” by Giovanni Aloi, editor- in-chief of The Antennae Project.
Lecture on "Animism in the photography of Danish Surrealism” by Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer, Head of Museum and curator at the Museum Færgegården.

Galleri Image would like to thank the Danish Arts Council and Kulturudviklingspuljen Århus Kommune for generously supporting the exhibition.
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