“Utility of Being '' is a site-specific installation conceived from the gathered pelts of the fat-tailed Awassi sheep—a natural byproduct of the slaughtering process in the region. Staged within the historic Old Slaughterhouse of the Emirate of Sharjah, the installation comprises of pneumatic tubular forms echoing the visceral lines of animal entrails. The continuously inflated bodies penetrate and traverse the space while suspended from the hooks and rails originally used for handling animal carcasses. The work serves as a metaphor for understanding the tension that lies at the edge of survival and commerce, challenging notions of human-animal relationality, the alchemy of material processes, and the fragility of biological existence.

Images by Danko Stjepanovic coutersy of Sharjah Architecture Triennial,  Alessandro Fagioli, and Omar Al Gurg

The animals whose skins are presented in this installation were not killed for the production of this work. The collected skins are stitched together and then inflated using internal air blowers; no plastic or PVC casing was used in the installation.

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