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Melancholia taksydermii
The Melancholy of Taxidermy

Author(s): Monika Żółkoś
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: article; world of taxidermy; colonialism; Katarzyna Kozyra; Iris Schieferstein; Angela Singer

Summary/Abstract: Monika Żółkoś takes the reader into the world of taxidermy, the art of stuffing and treating dead animals. Departing from colonialism, Żółkoś presents selected extracts from the history of taxidermy, covers some techniques for preparing animal bodies, as well as the ambitions and premises of the creators of the practice. Żółkoś juxtaposes the work of taxidermists, which is historically perceived as scientific or for display purposes, with the work of contemporary artists working in “artistic taxidermy.” She analyzes Katarzyna Kozyra's Animal Pyramid, Iris Schieferstein's Life Can Be So Nice, and works by Angela Singer.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 127-128
  • Page Range: 42-47
  • Page Count: 6