Horns of Plenty


Our imaginations was our only limitation when given a full size fiberglass model of a reindeer to decorate for the new Icelandic Reindeer Exhibition in Harpa.

Gagarin was amongst ten selected artist to take on this challenge. The outcome was the piece Horns of Plenty which represents a reversion of an age-old ornamental prestige.

We thought as nature is become more and more contrived by man - some would say engineered - he still seeks "the wild" in order to tame the wild. Is this the reason we want to conserve the wild, to have something left for us to tame? Are the mounted trophies a representation of the wild or the taming?

We sought to problematize the usual objections to such trophies and what they represent. The reason for the objection might be that it makes obvious what we in our society have worked a lot to keep out of our sights. The killing of animals is somehow a known unknown. We know it happens but we prefer not to think about it too much. We feel better since the issue is out of our sight. But that does not really take away from the fact that it takes place. But we get some sort of plausible deniability from pretending not to know. Is the killing of game intrinsically objectionable or is it the killing and eventual displaying of it as a trophy objectionable as it makes us face uncomfortable truths.

After all, which life is more worth living? That of an Icelandic reindeer that might end up on a wall or that of an industrially farmed animal that usually end up on our plates in plentitude?



Created 27 June 2014