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Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier (Catalogue)

Catherine Kovesi

Emporium, The University of Melbourne | Published : 2018

Abstract

This exhibition brings together two unlikely companions: the rhinoceros and the city of Venice. It highlights and interrogate the consequences of luxury consumption on an endangered beast and an endangered city. The rhinoceros is the oldest living mammal; walking the earth for over 50 million years. Venice and its beauty have captured the world’s collective imagination for over 1,500 years. Now both Venice and the Rhinoceros have become victims of their desirability and objectification as luxury objects – both consumed without discrimination by an ever-expanding consumer class. The exhibition centres on the sculptures of two artists - Gigi Bon and Shih Li-Jen; a video installation by busine..

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