In 2017, Biting Back – Art for a Good Paws wanted to do something positive as a response to how the Guggenheim handled the ‘Dogs Who Cannot Touch Each Other,’ video from the Art And China After 1989 exhibit. For those of you who aren’t aware of the piece, it demonstrates actual animal cruelty, and the Guggenheim considers it “art.” Although the piece was removed from the exhibit after massive petitions, traditional protesting, and an outpouring of people expressing general disgust via social media, the Guggenheim claims to only have pulled the piece for their own safety, not due to any other ethical reason. Our goal with Biting Back is to express our own social message— one that displays only the love for animals NOT cruelty.
COMING 2019!! We are in the midst of brainstorming ideas of what we can do next to help our furry friends. Stay tuned for more details.
WHO WE ARE
Eliza Kapitan and Kim Holiner have been friends since our college days as art students, and we are now both working creative professionals with our own rescue dogs. We were both completely outraged by the video but equally or possibly more so about the Guggenheim’s statements so we decided to organize this show and turn it into good with our own social message of artwork.
Elizabeth Argibay is a NYC Animal Rights Activist who strongly advocates for all animals and has been a key player in spreading the word about these recent events involving the Guggenheim Exhibit through word of mouth, protest and social media. We are so happy to have her join the Biting Back, Art for a Good Paws movement.