Abstract G14 Gender Conference, vegofeminism, artwork, Umea University, November 2014

G14 gender conference, Umea University, Sweden, 28th November 2014. Abstract. 'You can always find comfort in a cute animal', bringing other than human beings into the critique of the patriarchal-colonial culture, an anti-anthro-androcentric/veganfeminist critique of Jessica Hallbaeck's artwork Angry animals. In western patriarchal history, the category of animals/'animals' has often served as point of intersection and as justifying reference for discursive and material human relations: 'like animals'. One way to frame this circumstance in today's discourses is to notice, and highlight, animals/'animals' in texts and images while using a feminist power analysis. In this way, possibilities emerge for critical reflection and discussion. However, do chances for rebellion emerge also? In the political artwork Angry animals (Jessica Hallbaeck) several hybrid animals are shown together with slogans for human rights and human rights issues. What do these comfy animals say? Which meaning do they have socially and politically? Are the animals representing material animals and/or discursive animals? If the animals represent animals/'animals', what do they express? Should feminist power challenges bring the animals/'animals'? May animals be casted as protagonists, without falling into the discursive trap of 'like animals': 1) making real animals invisible, 2) devaluing real animals 3) dislocating responsibility for human acts by blaming real animals? Or, will the category become object for approbiation? Devaluation? Exploitation as object for consolation? In the struggle for equal human relations, what does the category of animals signify in its role as advocate? Is the aestethics of Hallbaeck, comfy animals as cheeky animals in art, rebellious by letting softness discharge power? Is bringing animals, perhaps, in reality, a splendid method for bringing about change? Key words: category of animals, street art, Jessica Hallbaeck's Angry animals, veganfeminism, anthro-androcentrism