SLIP// culture is an art project targeting the romanticized idea of the feminine character. It focuses on breaking the socially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of woman's most valuable assets and something all women should strive to achieve and maintain. However, this pressure on the female archetype begins to construct a lifelong path of dissatisfaction leading to depression, eating disorders and addictions to trending cosmetic alterations.
We, The Nile, have chosen to compare this epidemic directly with the meat industry, with the intention of offering a new perspective on the disturbing truths of both. We have built a creative installation that presents the aesthetic obsessions of women and the meat industry, as two very misconstrued and manufactured businesses that we are generally ignorant of. We feel strongly that this art is in fact a better representation of the idealized woman than what we are currently seeing in social media.
This project is mainly about the individual and their relationship with their own skin. We wanted to depict flesh as true to its factual form as possible and to achieve this, we have utilized a specific selection of fabrics. Each fabric is designated to a style of garment, which directly relates to a woman's flesh to 1 through 5 phases. These phases highlight the process of animals moving from the assembly line to a-la-carte. The transition of garments hanging on the hooks follow the storyline of phases 1 through 5; from selection to production, packaging, preparation and finally into the mouths of the consumer. The garments will hang like corpses from butcher hooks in a rather clinical environment to represent both meat factory and surgeon's table. This draws a direct correlation between the obvious vulnerability of the animal and the less vulnerability of the human being distorted, plasticized and falsified.
It wasn't until fairly recently that the mass market began to understand that their idea of the meat industry was actually skewed and false. People began to realize that their own lack of consumer choice was the product of an unregulated industry and animal cruelty. It was ignorance. We are able to draw similarities between the lacks of control that both of these subjects face, as well as the beautifully dramatized facade it puts on for the consumer. Bodies are akin to the farmed animals and the carcasses hanging on hooks ready to be cut and destroyed - only to end up as a superficial product and left to be ruthlessly devoured.
ART EXHIBIT | Miami Art Basel 2016 | Music: The Original Version of "AT LAST", ETTA JAMES