Patent Oppression

 

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‘Patent Oppression’ by Nada Prlja, 5 drawings, ink on paper, each 29x42cm

 

Nada Prlja’s work ‘Patent Oppression’ arises from industrial patents used in animal farming. During her research the artist found the patents for the industrial handling of farm animals in a production line, such as poultry for human consumption. However the rigorous and scientific approach, primarily intended to reduce times and increase profit, has no respect for the animals. No care is taken to reduce animal suffering: each action is part of an infernal ordeal in which machines rip wings and beaks off, and inflict all sort of cruelty on the animal. These are genuine assembly lines of death and suffering, where everything is regulated by patented machines, devices that people know nothing about when they purchase their meat in neat supermarket trays. Prlja’s drawings and videos are a caution and a warning to make more responsible and moral choices.

Text by Daniele Capra

Read the text in Italian:

‘Patent Oppression’ l’opera di Nada Prlja nasce da un riflessione sui brevetti e sull’industria applicata all’allevamento. L’artista, nelle proprie ricerche, ha infatti trovato i brevetti depositati per il trattamento seriale degli animali come avviene nelle aziende che macellano i volatili, in cui la serialità e la scientificità del trattamento – che serve innanzitutto ad economizzare il tempo e massimizzare il profitto – è irrispettosa nei confronti degli stessi animali. Non vi è nessuna cura per limitare la sofferenza: ogni azione è parte di un infernale disastro in cui le macchine spezzano le ali, tolgono il becco e fanno ogni genere di vessazione al volatile. È una vera catena di montaggio della sofferenza e della morte, in cui ogni azione è regolata da machine brevettate di cui nessuno presuppone l’esistenza, quando trova la carne depositata nelle vaschette di un supermercato. I disegni e il video della Prlja sono così un avvertimento, un monito ad assumere scelte più responsabili e morali.

Text by Daniele Capra

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‘Patent Oppression’ by Nada Prlja, 5 drawings, ink on paper, each 29x42cm, exhibited on the left hand side of the gallery space. As exhibited at Villa Mannin, Udine, 2011
Exhibition history

Exhibition: Waiting for RAVE. ANTICIPATIONS OF A POSTHUMAN TIME, Vila Mannin, Udine, Curated by Pietro Gaglianò

Condensation, Trivignano Udinese, Rave Residency, September-October 2011, Curated by Daniele Capra

Link to the RAVE residency

More about RAVE residency, activities 2011

Link to Daniele Capra website

 

Essays / Reviews / Announcements

 

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Red the full curatorial text about the exhibition Condensadtion by Daniele Carpa
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Announcement of the exhibition from Villa Mannini’s website, see full text
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