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Title

Chicken-balls

1999

Artist

Nicola Costantino

Argentina

1964 –

  • Details

    Date
    1999
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    polyester resin
    Dimensions
    installation dimensions variable :

    a - ball, 14 cm, diam.

    b - ball, 20 cm, diam.

    c - ball, 25 cm, diam.

    d - ball, 30 cm, diam.

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    197.2000.a-d
    Copyright
    © Nicola Costantino

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    Nicola Costantino

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    Costantino’s work has frequently included cadavers as its main subject. The idea came to her as the simple act of eating beyond basic human needs, eating for pleasure. The artist explores this concept with her interest focused on the consume of animals but not from a critical point of view but simply looking at the carnivorous culture she comes from, and what happens when we are face to face with the animal we are about to eat.

    'Chicken-balls' are casts of chicken foetuses rolled up in a ball. Why is there a difference between seeing a chicken on our plate and seeing it outside that context? Why are we disgusted by the latter? Costantino replies: “Everything is cultural… Why does it make you feel sick to see an unborn animal outside what its context could be? That is cultural. It is sickening because it is outside the system of what is accepted.” 1
    (EF)

    1. http://www.nicolacostantino.com.ar/home_es.html accessed June 2009