Yu (Sandy) Hsia
Becoming the Beast is a socio-political critique of cheetah trafficking and exotic pet trade. Set up in a vicious dystopian setting, the project satirises inequivalent power relations between humans and non-humans and reveals the paradox of domesticating the wildlife. A series of subversive spatial interventions is spread out on the Sir Bani Yas Island, an island that contains the undertones of detachment and utopia. The island is utilised to present a twisted narrative of heretical life exploitation, where the exotic pet consumers that perpetuate the lucrative wildlife trade are transformed into the beasts and become the exotic creatures of the Sir Bani Yas Island. They are exploited, falling to the consumption of another power. The twisted spatial interventions will reveal the real meaning of the exotic label on the non-humans and interpret an allegory of spectacle, spectator and instigator.