A solemn opening of Alexander Plusnin’s ephemeral installation “Worldly Swines/Saints” took place on All The Saint’s Eve along with a ritual of cannibalistic dinner. The event was accompanied by a dark extravaganza, chilling music and freedom of bodily expression.
Throughout the centuries a figure of a pig remains one of the most ambiguous in the context of animal-human relations. Taboo for consumption of pig’s flesh brings together rivalling religions. This, perhaps, most anti-sacred of all the earthly creatures is ascribed with filth, blood thirst — also including the habit of eating their own offsprings — alongside with biological proximity to human flesh. The rite of intercourse with a swine has served as an entrance ticket to some of the most closed and powerful societies in the world. No other flesh contains so many contradictions.
The evening’s guests were invited to taste the boundary, between forbidden and prescribed, by the means of direct consumption, flesh of one flesh with a work of art. Pork offal dishes were served inside the installation itself, the latter made of real pig heads covered with white paint.