Bring Animal Killing “Artist”, Katinka Simonse, To Justice
Background | By Brennan Browne
A Dutch woman who calls herself a “performance artist”, Katinka Simonse (aka Tinkebell) believes that killing animals and displaying them in gruesome and controversial ways is performance art.
For one “performance”, Simonese actually broke her own cat’s neck and then skinned the animal, making it into handbags. She even provided a “how to” manual for those seeking to do the same with their own animals. The picture of her holding the cat as his/her skin is being taken from his/her body is revolting.
The pictures provided with this article are sickening. They show several of her exhibits at the galleries as well as her demonstrations on how she accomplished these exhibits. Simonse is very pleased with herself in the picture holding her dead cat as she pulls the skin off his/her body.
Also provided is a translated video, where this woman attempts to justify her art form, claiming it is not cruelty. There are numerous videos of her, which can be found at the link provided below that includes videos of visitors to various galleries with their reactions to her “art”.
The very thought of innocent animals having to die so this woman can earn money from their misery and murder is simply horrifying.
There are two petitions currently being circulated regarding this woman and her performance art.
The first petition is directed at Den Haag of the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, asking that justice be served against the Torch Gallery and Simonse for these horrendous exhibits.
The second petition is directed at the Netherlands State Senate, and is asking that Simonse be brought to justice for her heinous acts involving these helpless animals in the name of “art”.
The fact this kind of horror is allowed at all perpetuates the belief that it’s perfectly fine to murder an animal as long as you label it “art”.
This is similar to another situation where in 2007 Guillermo Vargas, another performance artist, chained a dog to a wall in a gallery and slowly starved him to death, again in the name of “art”.
Word had spread quickly through the animal advocacy community when it was learned that a gallery had asked the artist to “perform” this again. A petition was circulated regarding this and was recently closed. Hopefully the voices of advocates were heard and this atrocity was not allowed to be repeated with another dog slowly dying of starvation.
This type of horror must not be allowed to continue. As long as humans continue to pay to see this “performance art”, it will continue to go on. The suffering of an animal is never an art form, but is instead is the needless suffering and death for the amusement of humans.
Advocates need to speak up now to hopefully stop this horror from continuing and to keep any more animals from having to needlessly suffer and die for Simonse’s “art”.
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as an artist and
as a human being
i stare in horror
at what i am seeing
art is about beauty
truth and kindness
not out and out sadism,
cruel and mindless
their performance art
of vile smell
should be behind bars
cowering in their
Karen Lyons Kalmenson