PANDA MOONWALKor WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS


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2018, 00:08:02, 1080p25, color, sound


Since 2017 the two giant pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, have been living in the Berlin Zoo, on loan from China at the cost of millions of euros. But this promotional stunt backfired in the truest sense of the word: Meng Meng, the female panda, only walks backwards – presumably in protest against her captivity. The international media takes an entirely different, sexist route. Instead of criticizing the zoo’s problematic concept, it blames Meng Meng’s behavior on the fact that she has not yet bred and is seeking attention. Kerstin Honeit’s video work aligns Meng Meng’s protest with other performances of protesting bodies using movement in public space to address grievances.