SLIP// culture is an art project targeting the romanticized idea of the feminine character. It focuses on breaking the socially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of woman's most valuable assets and something all women should strive to achieve and maintain. However, this pressure on the female archetype begins to construct a lifelong path of dissatisfaction leading to depression, eating disorders and addictions to trending cosmetic alterations.
We, The Nile, have chosen to compare this epidemic directly with the meat industry, with the intention of offering a new perspective on the disturbing truths of both. We have built a creative installation that presents the aesthetic obsessions of women and the meat industry, as two very misconstrued and manufactured businesses that we are generally ignorant of. We feel strongly that this art is in fact a better representation of the idealized woman than what we are currently seeing in social media.
This project is mainly about the individual and their relationship with their own skin. We wanted to depict flesh as true to its factual form as possible and to achieve this, we have utilized a specific selection of fabrics. Each fabric is designated to a style of garment, which directly relates to a woman's flesh to 1 through 5 phases. These phases highlight the process of animals moving from the assembly line to a-la-carte. The transition of garments hanging on the hooks follow the storyline of phases 1 through 5; from selection to production, packaging, preparation and finally into the mouths of the consumer. The garments will hang like corpses from butcher hooks in a rather clinical environment to represent both meat factory and surgeon's table. This draws a direct correlation between the obvious vulnerability of the animal and the less vulnerability of the human being distorted, plasticized and falsified.