rad hourani skinimal art project


Originally, the use of animal skins was synonymous with protecting us against the cold and heat, especially when humans colonized new parts of the world. Social awareness—the differentiation between a woman's body and that of a man—created a sense of awkwardness among the inhabitants, and the aspect of nudity became more intimate, which encouraged the wearing of garments. Subsequently, animal skins were also used in rituals to mark differences in social rank and values, and in our societies today, they can be used for aesthetic purposes. Nowadays, it is our own skin that becomes an essential element. Skin care is part of our capitalist system, seeking to hide our tiny wrinkles. In particular, the use of foundation acts as protection against imperfections and allows the painting to be done on a neutral canvas. Does this fake skin come to cover our true nature, the natural skin that is hidden under this scribbling?

This series of sculptures represents different methodical forms, made of recycled leather and painted according to the variations of human skin tones. The notion of geometry and the various abstract forms of animals are representative of our own existence. Everything we see, whether tangible or intangible, has a unique mathematical code to express different movements while being connected with each other. The assembly of this notion is native to multiple alliances that allow us to visually assimilate one form as opposed to another. We can see, through the different sculptures, an aspect of symmetry that allows us to create a shape that can recall an animal. Whether domestic or wild, the perception of the model remains the same; it is equal to others, and it is equal to us.

The "SKINIMAL" series wants to bring these dead skins back to life, with the illusion that we look through our own characteristics and that we further visualize our own skin through them. What if the animals had taken control? Are we accessories to wear? Are we food? The work aims to bring these questions to light and to encourage the thoughtful consumer to feel a sense of empathy while being sensitized by our extreme consumption of meat. Have we succeeded in completely unbalancing nature in its pure state? Now is the time to repair our damage, restore respect to the diversity and integrity of all beings, and take care of our shaken planet.



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LEATHER - FOAM   81.28 X 101.6 X 22.86 CM ( 32” X 40” X 9” )   EDITION 1/1


CHALK AND ACRYLIC PAINT - LEATHER - FOAM   86.36 X 68.58 X 20.32 CM ( 34” X 27” X 8” )   EDITION 1/1

EUROPE – 2021

CHALK AND ACRYLIC PAINT - LEATHER - FOAM   124.46 X 58.42 X 25.4 CM ( 49” X 23” X 10” )   EDITION 1/1

AFRICA – 2021

CHALK AND ACRYLIC PAINT - LEATHER - FOAM   86.36 X 96.52 X 21.59 CM ( 34” X 38” X 8.5” )   EDITION 1/1

ASIA – 2021 

CHALK AND ACRYLIC PAINT - LEATHER - FOAM   106.68 X 83.82 X 25.4 CM ( 42” X 33” X 10” )   EDITION 1/1


LEATHER - FOAM   170.18 X 144.78 X 33 CM ( 67” X 57” X 13” )   EDITION 1/1

OCEANIA – 2021 

LEATHER - FOAM   81.28 X 66.04 X 20.32 CM ( 32” X 26” X 8” )   EDITION 1/1

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