Porky hefer on his upcoming show: "I don`t want to humanise animals but animalise humans"

Designboom_ Galerie56 and Southern Guild are set to open ‘no bats, no chocolate,’ a playful exhibition by South African artist Porky Hefer. Through a collection of handcrafted seating environments inspired by animals, Hefer invites viewers to explore the intricate connections between humans and the natural world. Each sculpture serves as a didactic reflection on the intelligence of wild creatures, urging visitors young and old to reconsider their relationship with the environment. The exhibition ‘no bats, no chocolate’ will open at 240 Church Street, New York, on April 30th and run through to August 26th, 2024.

The intention is for kids to get to know these animals, to understand them and their role in the universe,’ Porky Hefer explains in an interview with designboom. ‘If they truly understand what an important role all animals and creatures actually play in the intricate system that maintains life on earth, especially ours, there is a chance they will care for and protect them.’

Drawing from his upbringing on South African farms, artist Porky Hefer infuses his work with a reverence for nature, emphasizing the importance of constructive coexistence with wildlife. These pieces, soon to be shown at Galerie56 with Southern Guild, range from a walrus chaise to a bushbaby perch. They draw from art and habitat, encouraging viewers to engage in imaginative exploration. Collaborating with local artisans and prioritizing sustainable practices, Hefer sets an example for a more conscientious approach to design and production.

As visitors immerse themselves in the whimsical world of ‘no bats, no chocolate,’ they are invited to contemplate the urgent ecological issues facing our planet. Hefer’s sculptures serve as catalysts for conversation and reflection, sparking a renewed appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Through

his art, Hefer invites us to embrace a more empathetic relationship with the creatures that share our planet.