Chim Pom

SUPER RAT, 2017

Mixed Media
video, taxidermied rat
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Hong Kong 2017

‘Super Rat’ is a nickname coined by pest controllers for a new breed of poison-immune rat proliferating explosively in urban areas. Chim↑Pom captured some of these Super Rats with a fishing net, had them taxidermied and painted yellow to resemble the popular Pokémon character Pikachu, and exhibited them alongside a video of their capture. The artists found the Super Rats’ ever-evolving ways of coexisting with human beings to be symbols of themselves as well as Japanese people who live in the midst of radioactive contamination and people who face hardship in society around the world.

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