Mariana Viegas

Why Monkeys Do Not Make Good Pets 
Mariana Viegas (Portugal)


The artist Mariana Viegas presents the video Why Monkeys Do Not Make Good Pets, 2008, 5', filmed in the old zoo in East Berlin, which opened in 1954. The zoo is built upon the cities biggest landfill site, filled after the bombardments on the city during World War II. When it was built, rocks, pieces of columns and sculptures from palaces were used to construct the monkey temple. In this piece, there is an allusion to German romanticism and to ancient classicism, in a decadent scene of monkey-business and post-colonial exoticism. 

Co-Produção: Vera Cortês Agência de Arte

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