In Taxidermy Dreams, artist Mohamed Monaiseer delves into the parallel worlds of his mind, where animals recount mystical folktales and creatures frolic through an illusory zoo. In the exhibition, taxidermied dolls are choreographed into an uncanny dance that is at first wondrous and then macabre. Innocent toys and stories are thrust into a world of psychological panic in a large-scale multimedia installation comprised of painted tapestries, in situ sculptures, video, and sound.
A continuation of his previous work, “The Storyteller,” Monaiseer draws on historical fables and modern mythological accounts, from Kalila wa Dimna to oral histories and traditional legends. Through his research and ethnographic work, Monaiseer engages with spiritual quests for meaning that date back to the early tenth century. In a marriage of euphoria and horror, Monaiseer conjures play and whimsy, and presents his own fable translated from dreamlike fantasies.
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