Children for or Against the Destruction of Birds

pencil on paper, ceramic sparrow mask, exciter amplifier
16: 59.5 x 42 cm

Children for or Against the Destruction of Birds, is a series of drawings that focus on distinct details from a single photo that conveys contradictory facts and narratives: an image illustrating a classroom of schoolchildren demonstrating against the destruction of birds (Eastern Europe, 1942). The image is unsettling due to the setting in which it was produced: a group of children protesting the destruction of an animal species in the midst of the Second World War. These students showed their allegiance with song-birds through mimetic devices – donning masks to imitate the birds, demonstrating that the destruction of one genus has a broad effect on the whole ecological system. This series of sixteen drawings aims to highlight representational strategies of sympathetic mimesis and disguise, and serve as research for future performative works.


  • Photographer: Kai Wido Meyer

Exhibition History

  • Ankyloglossia (n. Tongue-tie)
    Künstlerhaus Bethanien
    Berlin, DE

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