August 18, 2006
Naked performance with dead pig branded “sick”
LONDON (Reuters) - Animal rights activists have described
as "sick" a live art performance involving a naked woman
cradling a dead pig for four hours.
Kira O'Reilly's show, called "Inthewrongplaceness" will be
performed at the Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance, southwest
England, later on Friday.
James Green, the gallery's director, defended the show,
saying that the audience would be controlled, with one person
at a time watching the performance for up to 10 minutes each.
"In terms of the gallery's view, we feel very strongly that
we should provide audiences in the region with opportunities to
see the kind of works that they have to go to London to
experience," he told Reuters
He added that the gallery "had not received a single direct
complaint" about the planned show, one of several live
performances making up the Tract live art program.
But a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) called the performance "sick."
"As Miss O'Reilly seems to depend on the shock of using a
murdered pig as a prop, perhaps lacking the talent to make it
as a proper artist, may we suggest she take up a day job
instead to pay the bills," she said. "Cruelty is not
On the gallery's Web site (www.newlynartgallery.co.uk),
O'Reilly calls the performance "a slow crushing dance with a
pig for one person at a time."
"The work left me with an undercurrent of pigginess,
unexpected fantasies of mergence and interspecies metamorphoses
began to flicker into my consciousness."