This exhibition shows a selection of recent works by Naho Matsuda that looks at our human relationship to domesticated species and explores representations of landscapes and maps.

During a residency at ARE between December 2020 and March 2021, Matsuda worked with a local group of guard dog trainers and developed ‘Good Boy’; a video work that explores the multiple layers of dog-human relationships. The work explores the dog as a protector, tool of violence, companion and ancestor of the feral wolf, questioning how we communicate with each other and what our relationships are built on?

The HO Cat prints examines the seemingly apolitical parallel life of the official Home Office Cat of the current British Government. Three new short video works explore connections between humans and animals, ‘natureculture’ in various reconfigurations through visual communication and humorous connections.

run fast, bite hard is a slogan taken from Donna Haraways ‘companion species’ manifesto. A seminal text rethinking dog human relationships from a feminist angle.


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