Margriet van Breevoort
Kubilay Mert Ural
And also: Erno Eskens
In times of huge staff shortages, everyone needs to step up. Animals too. Many animals are already active in the job market, such as police horses and guide dogs for the blind, but it can't hurt to employ more species in even more different areas. So the question is on the table: how do we bring out the best in animals? Encouraging the work ethic in animals is a necessary step in the revaluation and the emancipation of the animal. It is then possible for animals to participate fully in a capitalist society that we humans are already so committed to.
In the exhibition Pigs and Sheep and Beasts, eight artists present a visual motivational speech putting forward their animal to become 'employee of the year' in its own way. Nominations range from the rainbow crab in the 'love' category and the chicken and pig in the 'food' category, to the house snail in the 'cosmetics' category. Animals that have been excluded from the labour process for a long time also participate. Think of deep-sea animals, such as the horseshoe crab. It turns out to be possible to provide work for them too.
Thus, this exhibition offers hope for all animals. Hope, because even the slowest, snails in this case, with or without a home, can do their bit for the common good if they pick up the pace.
Written by Erno Eskens
A mini-publication has been created for Pigs and Sheep and Beasts, with texts about the exhibition, the artists and their works, and special contributions from evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldschmidt, animal philosopher Erno Eskens and curator Ellis Kat. The publication, a design by Eva van Bemmelen, is on sale for €6.
This exhibition is made possible by Mondriaan Fund, the Municipality of Amsterdam and AFK.