Domestication. The First Five Thousand Years

2014, modified anatomical models, 120/130/90 cm

The title of the work Domestication. The First Five Thousand Years is a paraphrase of the title of the book by american anthropologist David Graeber - Debt: The First 5,000 Years, , 2011. A major argument of David Graeber is that the imprecise, informal, community-building indebtedness of "human economies" is only replaced by mathematically precise, firmly enforced debts through the introduction of violence, usually state-sponsored violence in some form of military or police.

In my work I place a critique of the neoliberal turn that leaves large parts of the populations marginalized, useless, vicimized, out of the frame of societies, through sophisticated biopolitical control that could be intepreted as a process of "domestication". In the presented scenario the sceleton of a domesticated animal - the dog, is placed next to the sceleton of a beggar to extend and contradict the process of domestication.

Produced by Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv on the ocassion of the exhibition "Disconsent" 2014, curated by Iara Boubnova

First public presentation:

the exhibition "DISCONSENT"
The 20th edition of the Week of Contemporary Art 2014

curator: Iara Boubnova
Artists: Hito Staerl, Pipiloti Rist, Christian Jankowski, Chto Delat?, Nedko Solakov, Dimitar Solakov, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Krassimir Terziev, Kiril Kouzmanov, Miriyana Todorova, Kiril Prashkov, Emil Mirazchiev, Vadim Fishkin, Iskra Blagoeva, Lada Nakonechna

Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath, 179, 6-ti septemvri Blvd.
September 5th 2014 - October 3rd 2014

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