Panda Moonwalk

PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS

(2018)

Video Installation, Dur. 8:00 min, HD colour, sound

Credits
Katja Anzelewsky, Stefan Aue, Ben Brix, Hr. Brix, Emma Cattell, Marlene Denningmann, Surya Gied, Paul Godinez, Emma Haugh, Valentin Hertweck, Sophie Hilbert, Anne Hölck, Suza Husse, annette hollywood, Jochen Jezussek, Philipp König, Renate Lorenz, Fiona McGovern, Daniel Belasco New, Jessica Páez, Irene Pätzug, Mieko Suzuki, Yuyen Woywod, Johanna Zinecker

Kerstin Honeit – PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS (2018) – Filmstill
Still: PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS, Kerstin Honeit

PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS

Since 2017 the Giant Panda Bears Meng Meng and Jiao Qing were hired out to the Berlin Zoo from China to attract more visitors and to therefore increase profit. Unfortunately for the Berlin Zoo this advertising campaign did not work out as planned – in fact it worked backwards. Meng Meng, the female Panda will only walk backwards – probably protesting the fact that she is kept in captivity and in a totally different continent from her origins. But instead of rethinking the problematic concepts of zoos in general, international media is taking on a different debate: blaming Meng Meng’s behavior on the fact that she has not bred yet and is just looking for attention.
Kerstin Honeit’s video aligns Meng Meng’s protest with other performances of protesting bodies using movement in public space to address grievances.

Kerstin Honeit – PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS (2018)
Still: PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS, Kerstin Honeit

Baerenzwinger
Im Köllnischen Park
10179 Berlin

Hours
May 19–July 1th 2018
Tuesday–Sunday 12–6 pm