Marianna Simnett

Tito's Dog, 2020

What impact does lockdown have on identity when borders are closed and movement is restricted?

In this work, produced during the recent global lockdown and performed in Croatian and English, Marianna Simnett enacts the remarkable story of Tito and his dog, Luks. Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia, was a contested symbol of unity in the artist’s childhood memory and this month marks the 40th anniversary of his death. Continuing her investigation of interspecies relationships whilst also confronting her own identity, Simnett uses makeup and prosthetics to transition from human to German Shepherd as she tells a story of survival and animal suicide.

Tito's Dog, 2020
HD video with sound
6 minutes, 56 seconds

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