Through sculpture and installation, along with an imagined court transcript, the show retells the true anecdote of a sow (female swine) executed in 14th century France for killing a child, in which the animal was dressed in human clothes for its hanging. Exploring themes around the performativity of punishment, visibility and the gendered body, Sow’s Honor uses stark medieval iconography alluding to this culturally loaded tale.
As noted in the press release: “Punishment is our preferred purification strategy. Subsisting largely on female flesh, we hoard means to reclaim control. Animal trials are financed by human desires. The verdict is the body inverted; nature hangs in the balance. Justice is served and you’re on the menu.”**