Sacred Animals

From May, 28 to July, 30 2016


Collective show curated by Giulia Capogna and Daphnée Thibaud.

J.A.W. Cooper – Twee Muizen - Beatriz Mutelet –Corine Perier – Selena Leardini.

Opening 28th May 2016 h. 8.00 pm.
Closing 30th July 2016 h. 8.00 pm.

To end the 2015/2016 season, Nero Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Sacred Animals.

We have the great honor of hosting for the first time in Italy the American artist J.A.W Cooper, flanked by equally remarkable artists: the Spanish couple Twee Muizen, the two French Beatriz Mutelet and Corine Perier and Italian Selena Leardini.

For Sacred Animals we asked the artists to represent the animal in their sacred dimension.

The exhibition focuses on the deep ties existing between the major religions and all forms of life but also, sometimes, their complex and contradictory relationship. From prehistory to the present, many religions have built much of their cults on animal veneration: the shamanic traditions, Celtic Christianity, the Egyptian religion, Buddhism, Hinduism ... until the three major monotheistic religions: l 'Islam, Catholicism, Judaism.

J.A.W. Cooper offers us, as a triptych, the representation of tribal and ancestral link between animal and man.
In each drawing the human figure is accompanied by an exhibition that symbolizes a particular trait: the lion and the fish are allegories of strength and fertility, the tiger has a double-sided, one side of righteousness and success and, on the other of destruction, finally, describes the fate ibis.

Beatriz Mutelet chooses to investigate the cult of animals in the Egyptian religion, by reinterpreting the zoomorphic deity Bastet, Horus, Tefnut. Corine Perier, instead, chooses to represent animals in their most hybrid traits in a precious and rare robe, trying to honor their beauty by making them humans.

The asian religions are interpreted by the Twee Muizen duo, the peacock, which is the Indian sacred animal and the Unicorn revered in China. These two animals symbolize wisdom and beauty in their works. The Italian artist Selena Leardini explores this universe through an exegesis of Christian saints and its symbols such as the lamb, in a key more dreamlike and surreal.

In the Christian religion, and especially during the Middle Age, the animals were conceptualized as inferior and subservient to man. As time passed, however, since Christianity wanted to get rid of the pagan religions, the animal became positive symbol, which helped man to interpret the world. Further, it also had a moralizing meaning. The animal was considered a creature of God, like man, thus at the same level. “Man can and must love the creatures of God. From God receives them; then looks and honors them, as if they come from God's hands.”

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