Deborah Sengl Strange Metaphor
Albanian Daily News
Published October 26, 2017
To use rats to sensitize people. This particular artistic language was chosen by the Austrian artist Deborah Sengl in the National Gallery of Arts (NGA) where she presented to the public a show designed and composed by 176 embalmed rats. The artist's exhibition titled “The Last Days of Humanity” is inspired by works of the same title as the famous author Karl Kraus, created in the framework of the 100th anniversary of World War I.
The artist unfolds a world where real rats personify people, they see, take decisions, cover their hands with blood, or instruct colonels in the war.
“I've been using the metaphor for 20 years, because I'm a huge critic of society. White rats symbolize neutrality because there are neither good nor bad people. There is only one black rat and he is the author who sees the exhibition from above,” said Sengl speaking during exhibition’s opening ceremony.