Antonia Baehr Berlin

Abecedarium Bestiarium

The work of Antonia Baehr maps out the forces that press on us in the form of rules and habits. In her unclassifiable Rire at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2009, she reinvented herself by performing “laugh scores” written by other people. For her latest creation, she has once again invited her nearest and dearest to write solos for her. But this time, as the basis for it, she offered them an ABC of extinct animals: D is for dodo, the large bird with atrophied wings, T is for Tasmanian tiger… with everyone able to identify with their unaltered “other”. From La Fontaine’s fables to zoological physiognomy or “animal drag”, there is a long history to man’s dealings with animals. In Abecedarium Bestiarium, Berlin-based Baehr – pronounced bear – unveils awkward correspondences and shakes up categories: human or animal, male or female, living or dead. Baehr sets strange connections – and disconnections – in motion.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz)