Curated by Macu Moran for Galeria Metropolitana de Barcelona, Spain.
In 2004 Macu Moran was invited to present certain Bioart plastic works by Iris Schieferstein for first time in Spain at the iconic Galeria Metropolitana of Barcelona, pioneer art gallery exhibiting highly technological artworks since the early 90s, with an extraordinary inventory of artists, directed by Pere Soldevila, charismatic founder of the LOOP Fair of Video Art in Barcelona, and a key figure in the Spanish contemporary art history.
Since 1990, taxidermist pioneering german artist Iris Schieferstein has worked with dead animals as raw material for her artwork, joining fragments that give life to new creatures with a different meaning and purpose, but always extending the existence and of the flesh that was earlier inhabited by life.
The earlier you die - the longer you are dead.
- Iris Schieferstein
Ultimately, her works provide a different approach to death, within a new imagery of contemporary fables, moralizing anecdotes of our current times. Even though the german authorities confiscated all her works and materials at one point, they had to be released as the investigation confirmed how her work were in fact reanimating and giving a new purpose what otherwise would be going to waste.
Often are the owners of the animals, and even the Zoo of Berlin itself who who would be submitting their loved deceased for her after life magic. Intuitively following the aesthetics and care of great masters of art history, her astonishing body of work gives a new beautiful life into the lifeless.
The largest piece at the show was this "All my girlfriends" in which the artist gathered her friends from all over the world in the Friedrischein park of Berlin to take the shot that would later incorpore the animals that best suit the souls of this tremendous group of wild women.