Bettina Hutschek is an artist and curator whose practice explores the possibility to connect to – and reactivate – oral traditions, folk tales, and mythologies in our contemporary society. In a distracted world, where emancipation and knowledge are experiences mainly conveyed by technology, she turns her interest to traces and materials, elements of an overlooked reality that defined generations before us and survived the digital transformation of our societies in our living memory. Since 2012 she has been base in Malta and Berlin, Germany, where she is currently spending her quarantine time.
During this experience, she has started exploring children’s imageries from the perspective of both language and pictures. In a moment where the adult world seems trapped in the practical downturns of our restricted daily condition and in the many uncertainties of the future, children are still living in the present. Their fantasy is unleashed, their creativity invoked - all they need is a special friend to play with.
This is Lama, an exotic animal of which many might not have heard before, let alone seen. He represents the other side of an otherwise domestic life; he is wild and friendly.