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Camden Arts Centre

Exhibition Detail
Aping the Beast
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom


March 8th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
 
Aping the Beast, Camden Arts Centre installation shot , Serena KordaSerena Korda,
Aping the Beast, Camden Arts Centre installation shot

© Courtesy of the Artist and Camden Arts Centre / Photo by Andy Keate
, Serena KordaSerena Korda
© Courtesy of the Artist and Camden Arts Centre
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British artist Serena Korda has produced an ambitious, theatrical rendering of animal symbolism and folklore in Aping the Beast. The central spectacle is a towering monster puppet handmade in latex, reminiscent of early B-movies such as Godzilla or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Within all her work Korda is interested in the way secular beliefs and superstitions are channelled through images in popular culture.

Two new films star symbolic mystical creatures - a feline psychic who reveals his remote healing powers and a bristling tarantula which parades alongside dancers and musicians taking part in a cult-like ritual in a nondescript village hall. These works and a series of performances involving the monster expand upon ideas of the spirit and fears of the unknown which are confronted through imitation, spectacle, ritual and humour.

Aping the Beast is co-commissioned by an Artsadmin Jerwood Commission, Camden Arts Centre, London and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool.


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