A trailer for the 3-channel video 'Spinebone Soup And Stuffed Rabbits'
Duration 4:29 min
Original duration: 10:00 min/ 13:30 min/ 41:25 min
Ksenia Yurkova/ 2018
Several years ago I refused eating meat entirely. Insisting neither on ecological nor ethical aspects,
I could only guess which machinery of a personal eschatology affected my alimentary choice.
The nucleus of my work “Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits” is a reflection on the nature of food politics; the transition of biopolitics into necropolitics; the establishment of ethics as a product of a dominant ideology; the role of trauma, memory and speech in the shaping of consumer’s choice.
Talking around a menu of totalitarian hunger, where the words fall apart into inedible particles, I commit acts of ritual gardening: producing food, worshipping ethics of herbivore, staging a curing reenactment of a historical trauma. This psychodrama is performed by several protagonists symbolising human and non-human animals. A dump, too, is a space of displacement: a playground for political expression of the freegan, a place of survival for the homeless, a border between human and animal worlds, apparently the last place where one can witness the wildlife apart from the zoo.
The figure of an animal is mythological; here I’m actualising the myth of the Siege’s zoo, where, at times when humans ate humans, none of the animals was eaten. I use the manifests of emasculated history together with the direct speech of zookeepers I interviewed, who worked there at different times, as a soundscape for the ritual of the search for food.
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