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Do works of art involving the killing of animals speak about animality or more about the artist who stages the killing? Where do we draw a line? In 2006, the seminal book Killing Animals, written by The Animal Studies Group, explored the ways in which societies past and present manage the concept of animal killings in various cultural arenas. In the essay Animal Death in Contemporary Art Baker poses a key question: Can contemporary art productively address the killing of animals? The Death of the Animal focuses on contemporary art practice involving the killing of animals in the exhibiting space in order to answer, at least in part, Baker's original question.

The killing of animals is a structural feature of all human-animal relations. It reflects human power over animals at its most extreme and yet also at its most commonplace. (The Animal Studies Group 2006: 4)

Keywords: Abdessemed; Evaristti; Hirst; Kozyra; Vargas; animal; art; death

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.9.1.59_1

Affiliations: Queen Mary, University of London.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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