unpaired. NFT Gallery will feature FREAK SHOW, curated by Ganbrood and Georg Bak.
unpaired. NFT Gallery
Wednesday 5th April 18:30 CET
About the Exhibition
There is a long history of “Freak Shows” also referred to as “Odditoriums” which dates back to medieval times, where people considered physically unusual were put on display like caged animals. Exhibiting those with deformities—extreme diseases and conditions—as objects of interest and entrainment is barbaric and sadistic (especially by today’s standards), but had been routine for hundreds (and hundreds) of years.
The same could be said for those of us that think in an atypical, nonconformist manner. We are dismissed as “special”—signifying a degree of mental malformation—and menacing in an increasingly homogenous, conservative society; which is, in fact, scarier than all of the nutters I know combined. Consider this a clarion call to fight the fear, let your guard down, and, as Missy Elliot sang, Get Ur Freak On! — by Kenny Schachter