Super Heroes Don´t Like Meat
Opening on Saturday, 29th of March 2008 at 18.00 h, RISE Berlin is pleased to present the exhibition ‘Superheroes don’t like Meat’ a solo exhibition of oil paintings by the Italian artist Pietro Sedda.
In Europe during the Middle Ages the most popular publications were religious books closely followed by bestiaries, bestiaries were lavishly decorated catalogues of animal stories, combining zoological information, myths and legends. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. Great attention was given to bizarre, exotic and monstrous creatures.
With ‘Superheroes don’t like Meat’ Sedda presents us with his own contemporary bestiary. His images of mutated animal/human forms are initially disturbing but they are also empathetic portraits.
We live in an age where outsiders are sometimes celebrated and where hybrid fantasies are becoming genetic realities, however society as a whole is often suspicious of and cautious towards those who are too different.
Physical beauty and high morality are common goals for many, whether they are natural or artificial. Sedda’s images remind us that even though success in life is preferential, nothing is more alluring and fascinating than the beauty of human failure.
Pietro Sedda lives and works in Urbino, Italy.