Lucija Konda Labas (Croatia) – We are the dogs – Wir sind Hunde, 2016, 1:11
The work explores the multiple levels of concept of humanity in today’s (post-human) time. In general it comments/criticizes very common inhuman approach and treatment of those who are different, subordinate, weaker or unprivileged. It is referring to the actual circumstances of the refugees on the borders of the European Union, and openly asking questions about the position of humanity in the modern era. The project emphasizes the main artist concept: “The being (the dog) which is not human is more humane than the man.” The authenticity of this discourse is provided in artist’s text on German called “Wir sind Hunde” narrated by indicative voice of a girl. German language in this context is a symbol of power, but also empathy and a kind of deliverance. The dog is a symbol of the oppression, but also honesty, courage and humbleness.
Lucija Konda Labas
Lucija Konda Labas was born in 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb with the Department of Painting. Since 2004 she has been working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, today as a Assistant Professor. She completed Postgraduate doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and thereby obtained the title Doctor of Art (PhD). Fields of her activities are painting, drawing, video, collage, photography, digital graphic and artist’s book. In 2013 her Video “Cyborg Dream” has been selected and presented in manifestation POPRALLY Abstract Currents in MOMA, New York.