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Anna de Vriend is a young artist based in Arnhem. In 2020 she will graduate from BEAR (Base for Experiment Artistic and Research)  at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem. Her artistic practice focusses on the embodiment of constructed hierarchies between human animals and non-human animals. As a research-based artist, she uses specific case studies such as the industrial slaughterhouse and the zoo. In these spaces, it becomes painfully obvious how non-human animals are oppressed. This becomes tangible for the viewer through her installation works where elements of these spaces are mimicked, showing the absurdity of holding on to constructed binary and hierarchical systems which perpetuates a structure of oppression. 

Blood Processing

Blood Processing

‘Blood Processing' focuses on the industrial slaughterhouse as a case study for the bigger phenomenon of anthropocentrism. Systems and constructions such as an extreme focus on hygiene regulations inside the slaughterhouse are used to keep the animal as Other as possible. To challenge this, ‘Blood Processing' reimagines the industrial slaughterhouse from the perspective of the blood present in this space. Through this blood, a new narrative is created that challenges binary thinking.