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Atelier Van Lieshout, 2015
Beach resort ‘Pornopark’
North Amsterdam Sea Canal
Prosper Jerominus © 2020
Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Domestikator is a large scale artwork that serves as a totem, a temple and a beacon. It symbolizes the power of humanity over the world and pays tribute to the ingenuity, the sophistication and the capacities of humanity, to the power of organisation, and to the use of this power to dominate the natural environment. In order to support 7 billion people, agriculture has become an industry, with factory farming and genetic manipulation a necessity. This provides us with an ethical dilemma, as this kind of farming seems to border on abuse. At the same time, the literal abuse of animals, bestiality, is one of the last remaining taboos. Why is it that treating an animal like a fellow human is an unspeakable act, whilst treating an animal like a resource for industrial production is the norm?
Domestikator is part of the larger installation The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good the Bad and the Ugly is a temporary settlement in Bochum, Germany that was designed for the Ruhrtriennale, a festival for theatre, music, dance and arts.
“The piece itself, it’s not really very explicit,” Lieshout told the New York Times. “It’s a very abstracted shape. There are no genitals. It’s pretty innocent.”
“Ooh la la, this Dutch sculpture is raising eyebrows.The Louvre Museum in France has pulled a sculpture installation because it was too dirty — appearing to depict two ägures having sex.The sculpture, titled “The Domestikator,” was scheduled to be on display at the Louvre beginning Oct. 19 for the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC). It was created by art collectiveAtelier Van Lieshout, led by Joep Van Lieshout. The 30-ton, 40-foot architectural piece’s coloring is reminiscent of barn house red, but with two Lego-style block ägures in coitus.According to French newspaper, Le Monde, the president of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, wrote a letter to FIAC saying that the sculpture was “a vision too brutal” and it could bemisunderstood by their visitors and children.The piece was on display at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum, Germany, as the central piece in their “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” art village. It also doubled as a VIP hotel.
Lieshout told Le Monde the decision was “total hypocrisy” and that “if children see something sexual, it is because they are old enough to see it.””
Het kunstwerk heet De Bikinibar en is bedoeld als rust- en schuilplaats, ‘waarin mensen zich kunnen terugtrekken van het drukke strandleven of het slechte weer’. Het is, zoals de kunstenaar zelf aangeeft, ‘het enige vrouwenlichaam dat zonder toestemming kan worden betreden’.
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Onderdeel van groter plan De gemeente liet eerder weten dat de kunstwerken onderdeel zijn van een groter plan voor het gebied rondom de jachthaven van IJmuiden. “In de komende periode verkennen ondernemers, kunstenaars en wetenschappers, verzameld onder de naam FabCityNature, de potentie van dit gebied met diverse pop-upinitiatieven. De kunstwerken van Joep van Lieshout zijn onderdeel van dit initiatief.”