Animalz

by Cruz, Sergio

2006

Duration
4
Exhibition
Figuring Landscapes

Animalz is an exuberant fantasy in which boys emerge from the sea, like the original amphibians and colonise a forest, marking out their territory in a break-dance celebration of Nature and her feral sons.

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Animalz is a joyous fantasy in which boys emerge from the sea, like the original amphibians, and colonise a forest, marking out their territory in a break-dance celebration of Nature and her feral sons. The artist tries to keep up, matching with video trickery the exuberant show offs in a collaboration in which the dance company B3 Boys (sixteen eight- to fourteen-year-old dancers) ‘were encouraged to bring out the animal in themselves in their energetic performances’. Shot on location at Stanmer Park, Devil’s Dyke, and on Telscombe Beach, Animalz evokes ancient legends of wild children such as the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, and the Indian jungle boy Mowgli who were raised in the wilderness by animals. While the work proposes the possibility of redemption through communion with our animal natures, it also offers a utopian antidote to the contemporary social reality that kids have nowhere to play – safely. Catherine Elwes

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