Aida Emeliyanova presents 'I Do Whatever You Animals Do'

14 Oct 2015

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11 am - 6 pm

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Lights of Soho

London, United Kingdom

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Following her successful run at Mayfair’s Hus Gallery, Kazakh-Russian artist Aida Emelyanova will be bringing her work to Lights of Soho for one-day only in celebration of Frieze. On Wednesday, 14th October, Aida’s incredible 13 piece collection, ‘I Do Whatever You Animals Do,’ will be on display for the public and Lights of Soho members’ to revel in the larger than life tableaus.


 ‘I Do Whatever You Animals Do’ is inspired by the role reversal of humans and animals. In 13 distinct pieces, Aida utilises the connection between two parallel worlds full of paradoxes and dilemmas and asks ‘who is more human?’

“In the animal kingdom you can come across some of the most heart-breaking and touching scenes which affect humans to the core,” begins Aida, “I wanted to show that humans can learn so much from animals on humanity and humility. In our hearts we aren’t that different from the animals we hunt.”

Growing up, Aida encountered the kindness and human characteristics within animals as her understanding of humans changed, as she recognised the lack of humility that humans possess. She has taken this and transformed herself into the animals that humans capture, objectify and kill for pleasure. As a woman, Aida understands the pain of being criticised, judged and objectified by both men and women which she incorporates into the entire collection.

As the producer, director and protagonist of the photos, audiences will see Aida transformed into the role of various animals – raw and untouched. Every image depicts a scene from Aida’s internal monologue; every image is like a movie with complex and imaginary stories. Every photograph has a past, a future and an end; Aida also incorporates desire, beauty, complexity, fashion and lust into her stories. 

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Aida Emelyanova


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