Walking the Dog

Artists Maja Wolińska
Genre Installation   Video
Edition Survival 13

Walking the Dog is a journey across the subsequent stages of the symbolic relationship between a dog and a human being. A reconstruction of the bond, submission and power. A registration of hidden gestures. A dog – an animal that encapsulates the idea of unconditional attachment; a tool of executing power by the authorities; a symbol of prestige and strength; a costly gadget; a surrogate for emotions; a designer’s project.
Praising and punishing are the foundations of this relationship based on modelling, training and taming. Autonomy is intolerable. Escape is out of the question. A stray and uncontrolled dog becomes unwanted waste. A dog is an animal in constant service, driven by its bounden duty.

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