Offset lithography and plastic
7 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 1 9/16" (19.5 x 15 x 4 cm)
Published by Flocks, the Netherlands
For PIG 05049, Christien Meindertsma tracked all the products made from a single pig over the course of a three-year study and then published the results in the form of a book, designed with Julie Joliat. Pig no. 05049, which Meindertsma selected at random from a commercial farm in the Netherlands, was used in 185 different products, each one pictured. These include the expected foodstuffs, as well as non-food items such as photographic film, toothpaste, and even the glue used in the book’s binding. The work visualizes the complexity of the meat-processing industry, as well as how many points of contact we have with animal products without being aware of them. This visual catalog of one animal’s afterlife explores the remove of the relationship between humans and animals, and consumers and products. The book is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.