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Dorota Łagodzka

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This article* presents collective, thematic exhibitions dedicated to animals that took place in Poland since the 1990s. First, the discussion focuses on four major collective thematic exhibitions. Next, it turns to an exhibition, which was distinguished by the fact that it included a selection of works chosen from a public art collection. For comparative purposes, the author describes an exhibition that appeared in a private gallery. The author also describes four exhibitions that concentrated on dogs, beginning with the largest and ending with the only solo exhibition included here, which was exceptional because the artist is a dog. Due to the creative participation of live animals, a small exhibition from a private gallery is also mentioned here. In the subsequent section, the author describes a painting triennale dedicated to an animal theme, and then presents two museum expositions that were created at approximately the same time, one small temporary exposition and one that was planned to be permanent (but was cancelled in 2015). The author’s focus is on examining how narratives of different sorts of animal art exhibitions were constructed, what their guidelines were, and how the central concepts of those exhibitions related to animals as living beings. The analyses is based on the exhibitions’ curatorial concepts, examining if and how art exhibitions in Poland participate in animal studies discourse.

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Animals and Their People

Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies

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Edited by Anna Barcz and Dorota Łagodzka

Animals and Their People: Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies, edited by Anna Barcz and Dorota Łagodzka, provides a zoocentric insight into philosophical, artistic, and literary problems in Western, Anglo-American, and Central-Eastern European context. The contributors go beyond treating humans as the sole object of research and comprehension, and focus primarily on non-human animals. This book results from intellectual exchange between Polish and foreign researchers and highlights cultural perspective as an exciting language of animal representation. Animals and Their People aims to bridge the gap between Anglo-American and Central European human-animal studies.