The sculptor Donatas Jankauskas-Duonis is interested in the theme of the origins of different species and Charles Darwin’s claim that humans evolved from the apes. The title of this sculptural object by Duonis is also a reference to one of Lithuanian modernist painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis’s best-known paintings, Fairy Tale of Kings, in which the kings are leaning over a piece of Earth they reverently hold in their hands. Duonis has replaced the kings with a pair of chimpanzees huddling by a pile of fruit. Is Duonis telling us that we have much more in common with animals than we like to think?
Birutė Zokaitytė’s cycle of drawings Sincerity tells us that sincerity is expressed differently in the human and animal worlds. That is why it is a mistake to personify animals. These images of a poodle, a gorilla and a naked man look somewhat like scientific illustrations. But instead of scientific text these images are accompanied by aphorisms. In the human world sincerity is expressed by a direct gaze. Zokaitytė gives this kind of expression to a poodle. On the other hand, the gorilla glaring at us is indeed expressing its fury.