Lin May Saeed at Jacky Strenz, Contemporary Art Daily, August 15, 2021 >
Christoph Schütte, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, August 5, 2021, p. 41 >
We are pleased to announce Lin May Saeed’s 8th Solo Exhibition with the gallery.
For the past 15 years, the practice of Lin May Saeed has focused on the history of the human animal relationship. In 2006 she started the series “The Liberation of animals from their Cages”, addressing animal subjugation, liberation, and coexistence with humans. Lin May Saeed’s works shine light on power structures and prompt the viewers to renew their thinking and actions. The iconographic frame of reference includes Egyptian statuary, Greco-Roman sculpture and natural history museum displays. Utilizing a wide range of media, such as Styrofoam, plaster, paper and steel, the works are often made of so-called poor materials.
For the current exhibition Rami, the artist focused on drawing, relief and sculpture. The motifs of her recent reliefs can be characterized as anthropocene landscapes, re-evaluating the kinship between the so-called natural world and humanity. Two of the central sculptural works are animal figures standing on their cages: a semi-abstract figure that resembles an aquatic early mammal, and the figure of a pangolin, which is the most trafficked wild animal today.
“I would like to leave the anthropocentric view. Even if this will not work completely, maybe it will be at least possible to put it into perspective. Looking at animals I face opacity. They are so much `the Other´, especially in man-made, predominantly mono speciesisturban environments. Trying to grasp the space between me and an animal, something opens up like a journey through time. (Lin May Saeed on her work)
The textual element of the exhibition is the publication The Black Sheep, especially printed for the exhibition. The text contains a transcription of a controversy that took place in the context of a talk show broadcasted in 2001, between an animal rights activist and several adversaries of his ideas.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn in the context of Neu Start Kultur.