SACRIFICIAL TIGER – A Solo Show by Rath
In the depths of the jungle, amidst the dark foliage and heavy fog, a lone tiger prowls. Both hunter and hunted, the beast moves cautiously, aware of the dangers that surround it. Anger permeates the air, fueling the tiger’s desire for vengeance and driving it to ravage, attack, and even sacrifice itself. The tiger embodies a powerful symbol of relentless determination and a readiness to confront the world head-on.
During the 2023 Angewandte Festival, Rath, a talented artist born in 1998 in Paris, is taking over the entire Drawing and Printmaking studio with their solo exhibition titled “Sacrificial Tiger” (while showing their Poster Project outside). Rath’s extensive body of work encompasses a wide range of artistic expressions and mediums. Through bold and colorful imagery, they address highly contemporary and politically charged topics, offering the audience ample food for thought.
Rath’s artworks employ a naive lens to critique societal circumstances and provoke introspection. Through the depiction of animals, symbolic and literal words, and ornamental elements, their creations directly engage with the viewers, urging them to reflect upon their own actions and the broader actions of society. The exhibition presented within the white cube gallery space, provides a pristine backdrop for the vibrant and thought-provoking artworks. “Sacrificial Tiger” invites visitors to immerse themselves in Rath’s world of powerful imagery and potent messages. The exhibition challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs, question the status quo, and consider the collective responsibility we bear for shaping the world around us.
Through Rath’s artistic vision and their ability to blend the symbolic with the literal, “Sacrificial Tiger” promises to captivate and inspire audiences, leaving a lasting impression long after the exhibition concludes.
Keywords: Sacrificial Tiger, Rath, solo show, drawing and printmaking studio, contemporary topics, bold imagery, societal critique, introspection, white cube exhibition.
While being highly idiosyncratic and in a true sense original, Rath does not subscribe to the patriarchal idea of the lone artistic genius. Consistent with this idea, they have insisted on naming their various assistants and collaborators for the “Sacrificial Tiger” exhibition, in alphabetical order: Emma Peinhopf, Felix Ladinser, Fuko Katsuda, Janka Kocisek, Julian Kadrnoschka, Laurens Seemann, Louis Wuttke, Maria Soloviova, Selma Mühlbauer, Seo Son, Steffie Krispin, Timotej Kosmel, Vivi Vinjarova.