Annika Larsson's fourth exhibition at a gallery located in what Stockholm refers to as their “art palace” in Vasastan, ANIMAL is a curious display focusing on the rapport between the human and animal from multiple angles: anthropological, psychological, theoretical, political—to name a few. More specifically, this show focuses on the philosophical concept of the human as yet another evolving species in flux and becoming.
Your feet are now longer, covered in orange fur and have three toes, the middle one being far longer than the outer two. A look around to your back and you'll see a large lower body with a thick tail attached to it. You're still somewhat bipedal but when hopping you know you'll be in a stance that's almost quadrupedal. You've become a kangaroo. The idea is absurd yet here you are standing in what may or may not be the outback wearing nothing but fur!
Eerie fursuiters dance, hug and play with humans who graciously accept their presence. The documentary is addictive; one is invited to live vicariously through their anonymity. These creatures do not appear consequentially tied to their actions in the same way humans are, yet there are scenes where fursuiters express human-like traits: empathy and a benevolent connection with those both similar and different. The fourteen movements could be interpreted as steps towards a state of losing or forgetting one's self, desiring an undefined state of change—if nothing else. For better or worse, resorting to the animal within is nothing new.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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