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Prune Nourry is a French, New York-based artist whose works are inspired by social and biological issues like human definition and human selection. Using video, photography and performance, Nourry creates an inventive line of works that comments on matters of existence, evolution and social construction.
Her imaginative sculptures and installations are often introduced through thoughtful performances, that open a discussion regarding bioethics, focusing on how artificial procreation leads us towards an artificial evolution of mankind and its consequences. Through research, Nourry explores the anthropological aspects of her subjects which she later transfers into her work.
Bébés Domestiques is an ongoing project by Nourry, discussing ideas of generic manipulation and pet fetishization. By creating silicone sculptures that look like baby-dog hybrids, the artist reflects on the relationship between humans and animals, and the way both are treated by people in power. “The boundary between humans and animals changes over time. During the colonial exhibitions, humans are shown in zoos; in the 40s in Guatemala, the US uses humans as guinea pigs for medical experiments. Nazis considered certain minorities as Untermenschen (lesser-men) and practiced methodical extermination,” is written on the artist’s website.
In the Bébés Domestiques, Nourry has invited from nannies to random people to participate in various tasks, such as “adopting” one of her hybrids. Recording passerby reactions and the way people involved in this little experience behave, Nourry collects performances that turn into anthropological studies, with her participants walk on the line between observing, experiencing and acting.