Most people look at cats and think 'what a life' - all we do is lie around in the sun, never having to lift a finger. But cats' lives aren't that idyllic. Cats are powerless, weak little creatures that injure easily. We don't have shells like turtles, nor wings like birds. We can't burrow into the ground like moles or change colors like a chameleon. The world has no idea how many cats are injured every day, how many of us meet a miserable end.
– Haruki Murakami 'Kafka on the Shore' –
'Oto kot' (This is a cat) is an educational and social project aimed both at promoting conscious and responsible cat ownership as well as disseminating knowledge about feline health care. The project was inspired by observations made during visits in vet clinics, and the topics were developed in cooperation with veterinarians and cat owners alike. My intention was to present cats as autonomous entities that are equal partners in the human-animal relationship. My goal was to give cats a human voice, so that they could directly communicate their nature, desires and needs.
'Oto kot', a series of posters, was one of the three parts of my master's degree.The other two were an audiovisual installation 'Can you hear me? Can you see me?', and a theoretical essay 'Animals as material in contemporary art. The reflections on artistic freedom and moral responsibilities '.
All three parts of the diploma dealt with redefining the human-animal relationship from a posthuman perspective.
poster series | 70x100 cm each | 27.02.2018
I would like to thank Andrzej Lech, a veterinarian from APORT veterinary clinic, for hours of conversation, commitment and support.
I'M WATCHING | Provide your cat a safe place at heights.
I'M A MEAT EATER | Feed your cat with high-quality meat.
CAST THE WORMS OUT! | Deworm your cat once per quarter.
I'M PLAYING | Cat needs activities which satisfies his hunting instinct.
I'M SCRATCHING | Cats must sharpen their claws - provide your cat with a scratching post.
I'M HEALTHY | Take your cat to the vet for a check-up visit once a year.
I'M SCARED | Cats are afraid of loud sounds, do not expose it to noise.
I CARE ABOUT MY LOOKS | Brush your cat's fur regularly.