KuneKune pigs.

I have been seeing a lot of KuneKune pigs lately. There were some at a farm I visited in Oregon last month, where my brother buys his eggs. They also have a pair at ZSL London Zoo. And here are Watson and Holmes, on the Spitalfields City Farm.

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KuneKunes “fat and round” pigs come from New Zealand, though their origin is believed to have been China. They are a small domestic breed that are hairy and have wattles (pire pire) hanging from their lower jaw. I am told that sometimes when they are piglets, they mistake the wattles for teats and bite them off. I am assured that this is not as painful as it sounds.

They are friendly and intelligent pigs that enjoy human company. Thanks to a breeding program initiated in the 1980’s, they no longer face extinction, with breeding societies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Farm Tales

I have just begun my 4 month artist residency at the Spitalfields City Farm, where I will concentrate on making a sound archive of animal noises and oral histories. These will be developed into psycho-geographic audio tours of the farmyard and gardens, interweaving stories from the farm, with memories, myths, fairytales, and observations. In addition, I will make a series of photographs and short narrative films, recording the daily running of the farm.

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