Mark Dion

Concerning Hunting

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Mark Dion
Concerning Hunting

Ed. Dieter Buchhart, Verena Gamper, text(s) by Dieter Buchhart, Jacob Wamberg, Verena Gamper, Angela Vettese, Martin Henatsch

German, English

2008. 164 pp., 101 ills.

hardcover

20.50 x 24.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2197-4

For over twenty years, the repertoire of American artist Mark Dion (*1961 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) has included staged workbenches, dusty storage vaults, stuffed bears, and tarred birds. Ostensibly, his installations, interventions, performances, and photographs critique humankind’s often cruel treatment of nature. However, the artist also demonstrates that “nature” is a mere construct that is constantly being reshaped and reinterpreted. Dion’s current project, Concerning Hunting, examines hunting as a traditional, but controversial, cultural practice. One of the fascinating things about hunting is its fundamental contradictoriness: the sensitivity of the hunter and his profound knowledge about what nature requires are also expressed through the act of killing animals. Dion’s artistic examinations do not focus on nature as such, but rather on the hunt as a way culture deals with it.

Exhibition schedule: Kunstraum Dornbirn, April 3 – June 1, 2008 · Aarhus Kunstbygning, June 27 – October 26, 2008 · Galleria Civica di Modena, February 1 – April 26, 2009 · Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, May 17 – October 11, 2009· Kunsthalle Krems, November 8, 2009 – February 14, 2010

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