ARIA DEAN: Abattoir, U.S.A.! | The Renaissance Society, Chicago | Feb 25 – Apr 16

Aria Dean, digital animation still (animated by Flip Kostic, modeled by Maya Lila), 2023.

Abattoir, U.S.A.!

The Renaissance Society, Chicago
February 25 – April 16, 2023

Drawing from her long-term research on agricultural and industrial architecture, Aria Dean presents a new film surveying the interior of an American slaughterhouse. The work considers the importance of these structures in the development of modernist architecture and urban design, influencing the work of a generation of European architects such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. The omission of the slaughterhouse, or abattoir, from this narrative leads to questions about the relationship between modernism and death, as Dean engages with one such site and its entanglements with fundamental questions of humanity.

Curated by Myriam Ben Salah.

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