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  • SWEET BUNNY CUTE BUNNY

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    On September 19, 2017 • By

    With my work I aim to embody questions about the world beyond the surface appearances of everyday life, the dark side of society and in particular about cruelty towards animals.

    Animal exploiting industries are probably one of the most extreme atrocities in history. Already several decades ago the renowned philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer claimed industrial farming to be responsible for more pain and misery than all the wars of history together.

    How is it possible that such an extremely violent consumption system that is so precarious to the environment, to our health, to non-human habitants can continue its course and even grow without enormous public protest?

    It is intriguing how people are born into a dominant meat-eating culture and trained from a very young age, even before they can speak, to inherit the paradoxical mentality of knowing that the animals they consume are, beyond reasonable doubt, sentient individuals and yet at the same time, learning to prefer not to know.

    We have developed a defence mechanism, a blind spot, by rationalizing and distorting our thoughts to block our natural empathy.

    Convenient ways of dealing with these behaviours are to label them as common sense, as normal, natural, as necessary, traditional, a personal preference, a religious pretext and thereby we handily allow and promote the meticulous manipulation of our minds by those who stand for profit.

    I seek to contribute to the discussion of the absurdity of how our cultural attitudes towards animals are already being framed at a very young age. Children are instinctively affectionate towards animals. To further shape these natural feelings parents provide them with cute stuffed animals and animation movies with personified animals. Oddly enough, not just the standard “pet” animals but even more so the “food” animals are popular.

    Why create, already at a very young age, this inconsistency between natural values and behaviour? What is the point in reprogramming and brainwashing our children to make them lose their compassion? Does society want to teach them to ignore suffering?

    Are our trivial pleasures worth all the collateral damage, leading to the destruction of ourselves and our planet?

    Hilde Kentane – September 2017.

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  • ZINE

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    On June 24, 2015 • By

    RESERVADO is a 36-page zine.

    It originated from a selection of pictures, photomontages, drawings and sketches about impressions and experiences gathered during my 5 years-stay in Sao Paulo/Brazil.

    In the city and the suburbs my attention is often drawn by the `Coincidential Street Installations`. Trash, construction waste in a dilapidated street corner,  a broken wall,  graffiti,  some vegetation already growing through it,  a street dog or a passerby… constituting uninterruptedly changing scenes telling about what is lately going on in particular spots. They create an atmosphere of decadence  leaving traces of living and survival in this giant chaotic metropolis with outspoken contrasts.

    By photographie, photomontage and drawing I attempt to reconstruct the mentality of these street scenes and assembled  a selection of them in `RESERVADO`- 2015.

    RESERVADO| Hilde Kentane| Sao Paulo 2015

    First Zine published by Gallery Daeppen.

    Zine format Din A5, 36 pages, 60 copies

     

     

     

     

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  • Le Mal de Vivre

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    On May 28, 2014 • By

    With the installation ‘Fragile’, Hilde Kentane participates in the group exhibition ‘Le Mal de Vivre 2014’.
    `Fragile is an installation that includes sculptures and their wooden moving crates. This installation was produced in Brazil (Sao Paulo), where I have been living and working since 2011, and it was moved to Basel for the group exhibition ‘Le Mal De Vivre’.
    The work is about challenges, leaving behind memories and unidentified emotions. The beauty and distress that comes with constantly moving to other countries. A collection of unfinished fragments and unnecessary things from the past  mingled with new impressions and experiences. Creating new stories, a repetitive process that leads to ´going away feels again like arriving´.
    Strong personal impressions of Brazilian society like African-rooted rituals, religions and omnipresent street-dogs (see project 250 dogs) are reflected.
    The sculptures are made of resin and marble, calcite and ceramics. The crates were actually used to transport the sculptures and are an integral part of the story telling`.
    Group Exhibition | Gallery Daeppen 2014
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  • 250 DOGS

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    On May 2, 2014 • By

    250DOGS is an art project to raise awareness and support for the extremely poor conditions of the innumerable amount of street dogs in Brazil.

    A limited edition of 250 dog sculptures ( 4 different models, signed by the artist), made of resin and marble, represent  the `Vira-Lata`( `turning cans`), the so called street dogs in Brazil.

    With ‘250 dogs’ I want to focus on the huge contradictions between the miserable conditions of the vira-latas in the streets and a very pushing pet industry that promotes animals as luxurious accessories together with expensive equipment, thus so also disposable and/or replaceable as consumer objects.

    The proceeds from the sale of the 250 dog sculptures will go to projects and campaigns in Brazil that focus on changing attitudes towards these situations .

     

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  • Propaganda

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    On May 30, 2012 • By


    The installation ‘Have a Reason’ was exhibited in the Group Exhibition  ‘Propaganda’  in 2012 at Gallery Daeppen in Basel.

    `Have a Reason` is about how insidiously we adopt simple and demagogic messages conveyed to us by all types of societal institutions, be it governmental, religious or private, and behave accordingly. 

    A large number of photographs, photo collages, a window sticker and a large wall sticker are making part of this installation together with hree simultaneously running slide shows  displayed on TV`s. They are showing an overabundance of images  of Sao Paulo and other places in Brazil. 
    The installation is variable in size

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  • Platonic Ideals and Hot Ketchup

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    On May 28, 2010 • By

    The concepts of this exhibition are obsession, fragility, aspiration, absurdity, and existential drama with characters I set up in installations, drawings, prints and collages.

    For the creation of the works I applied imagery and mostly disposable materials of consuming and media environment, seeking to reshape questions such as how we create the world in our conscious and subconscious experience. And to what level is this experience influenced by the overwhelming stream of images, issuing from a Wonderful World of Consumer Perfection, in which products are more Platonic Ideals than mundane goods, products that will constantly fade with a pursuit of renewal and replacement.

    How vulnerable does an individual’s aspiration make him or her on a personal and socio-cultural level? Can one still be true to one’s own identity, ascribing true values in a modern world that is addicted to consumption; a world that is driven by a Power Industry, as a product itself of consumer’s behavior, constantly injecting sets of homogenous, to conformity pushing – yet insatiable – desires?

     

    Solo Exhibition | Gallery Daeppen 2010

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  • Berliner Kunstsalon

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    On May 23, 2009 • By

    Berliner Kunstsalon 2009

    VALUE
    This exhibition contains a series of works, created for the Berliner Kunstsalon 2009.
    The objects are made of a variety of media and covered with a collage of publicity messages and slogans from magazines and publicity flyers.
    They represent the vulnerablilty of the individual in an absurdly pushing consumption society.

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  • Born To Be Punk

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    On June 4, 2008 • By

    Born to Be Punk

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  • Kunstmesse Keulen

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  • Make a World of Difference 2008

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    On June 1, 2008 • By

    Make a World of Difference

     

    Solo Exhibition | Gallery Daeppen 2008

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  • Schau Rausch

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    On June 4, 2007 • By

    Kunst in Schaufenstern.

    Konsumterror mit gratis Dowload-Garantie hinterlässt zumeist die glücklicheren Kunden.

    “Der einfachste surrealistische Akt ist, auf die Strasse zu gehen und irgendjemand niederzuschiessen”, schrieb André Breton. Es gehe, meinte 1971 der Theoretiker W.F. Haug, viel einfacher: “Der einfachste surrealistische Akt ist es, in ein Geschäft zu gehen und zu kaufen, was man nicht brauchen kann.” Hilde Kentane kombiniert ein aus der Warenwelt übernommenes Sprach- und Figurenarsenal mit surrealistischer Direktheit. Auf einen Pappteller malt sie einen Konsumenten mit Pistole am Kopf. Der Werbeslogan “Shop For Yourself” krönt die Szene. Hier kommt nicht der “Konsumterror” an den Pranger, sondern die Manipulation der Konsumenten mit sprachlichen Mitteln.

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  • Macht Glücklich

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    On June 4, 2006 • By

    Macht Gluecklich 2006- 2007

    Macht Gluecklich is a series of waterpaintings on disposible paper plates that started with the exhibition Synthetic Ivory in 2006.
    In 2007 this (expanding) project) was also shown in the exhibition Schaurausch in Linz.

     

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    “Der einfachste surrealistische Akt ist, auf die Strasse zu gehen und irgendjemand niederzuschiessen”, schrieb André Breton. Es gehe, meinte 1971 der Theoretiker W.F. Haug, viel einfacher: “Der einfachste surrealistische Akt ist es, in ein Geschäft zu gehen und zu kaufen, was man nicht brauchen kann.” Hilde Kentane kombiniert ein aus der Warenwelt übernommenes Sprach- und Figurenarsenal mit surrealistischer Direktheit. Auf einen Pappteller malt sie einen Konsumenten mit Pistole am Kopf. Der Werbeslogan “Shop For Yourself” krönt die Szene. Hier kommt nicht der “Konsumterror” an den Pranger, sondern die Manipulation der Konsumenten mit sprachlichen Mitteln.

    (fragment from the text Macht Gluecklich in the exhibition catalogue)

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  • Syntethic Ivory

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    On May 23, 2006 • By

    Plastic shopping bags, plastic trash bags, plastic food bags, plastic packaging bags… a whole disposable plastic jungle of commercial messages, symbols, icons, references, labels radiating the spirit of delusion… the metaphors of human existence.

    It is interesting to observe us carry our universal synthetic witnesses of what we buy, do, eat, pretend, wear, read all over the world and find them even more numerous as the leftovers of an excessive consuming society: discarded, caught in fences, trees, waterways and digestive systems of animals.

    The polyethylene messages represent a very contemporary approach of communication and they do enclose a high prospect to tell a story. They are cheap, of no value and so ordinary that they almost become ignorable. Yet they are influential. They embody what the commercial world wants us to be(come), to believe, to feel, to hope for, to like, to need… the disposable plastic gods contribute to turn nonsense into essence in our society and are a reflection of the absurdness of a modern mass culture.

    I have always been tempted to experiment and investigate with materials and themes, which offer possibilities to bring my work close to the atmosphere of life. I do not search for explicit political criticism neither for moralistic and admonishing references; instead though for bringing things in an inquiring, confrontational and existential way. For that reason, I was intrigued to introduce these synthetic artefacts of every day life, accumulated over the years, in my work.

    Plastic is a fascinating and often challenging material to manipulate. Sometimes it is extremely thin, fragile and tears up easily or sometimes it is very intractable.

    By cutting up the plastic bags and often combining them with other materials such as metal, porcelain, fabric, cardboard, clay, wood
    I strive to re-create the colourful prints and designs in another reality.

    This takes form in installations, sculptures, collages, interpretations on paper, canvas and digital prints.

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  • SNAP

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    On June 4, 2005 • By

    Besides

    Life is my journey
    Earth is my track
    Aim is infinity
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    While keeping my own independent living space, I observe, I read, I listen, I feel, l absorb … collecting small pieces of memory about what happens around me and far away from me … while leaving traces on my pad. Some topics frequently reappear and I approach them in various ways … topics like indifference, invented truths, anthropocentrism … An act, a pretext or sometimes a look or a word interpellates me, engages me, drives me and incites me to draw, paint, assemble, sculpture … I take imprints out of their context and reintroduce them into other contexts. While proceeding, I act, react incessantly to every trait, stain, shadow, the paper’s reaction … until a reality of myself is coming out by means of a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, independent of its origin and of myself.

     

     

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