We are pleased to announce a thematic exhibition "Us and Them" organized specially for children and their parents. It is held on June as it is a month of child-centered exhibitions for most of the museums. Exhibition "Us and Them" represents the idea of co-existence of human beings and animals through the lens of the contemporary artist's works.
Animals and humans are not only coexisting on the same planet, but have been also fighting for their survival for a very long time. Relationships between humans and animals are in the main focus of this exhibition. From ancient times to present, from uncivilized tribes to modern civilization, the problem of human-animal coexistence was too tangled up to unravel. Quite often in neolithic time people and animals used to be enemies to each other in a fight for survival, people killed animals for food and clothing. But even nowadays in civilized world the cruelty to animals was not reduce and this problem is still unexplored. Thus there is a strong necessity of bringing up and discussing the questions of such a "coexisting".
When I was thinking about the theme "Us and Them", the analogy with a book "Orientalism" written by Edward Wadie Said appears suddenly in my mind. Said's point of view is that the concept of Eastern happens as an opposition to Western and was a result of imagining and defining Eastern through Western. Eastern-Western relationship seems very similar to human-animal relationship, the same kind of dialectic of Self and Other. "Them" being "Other" for "Us", being separated from us, distinguished by us, marginalized and even classified as alternative but never equal. The reason of making an exhibition is not just to display the sculptures of animals in order to evoke people's environmental awareness, but to make a harmonious installation of artworks of both groups: humans and animals, us and them, in one museum space. Thus we hope to understand better the very delicate human-animal relations and realize the value of our co-existing. Following the title "Us and Them- Existential Dialectic of Self and Other" the exhibition will be divided into 3 parts: 1. Silence of the Other; 2.Self-monologue; 3.The possibility of real co-existing.