The relationship between humans and nature has changed continually from one century to the next. John Berger said that cracks between the two began in the 19th century and were perfected by 20th century capitalism. Climate change and technological development, as well as the development of Religions of the Book which view the worship of nature as heathenism are also responsible for the destruction of nature. When it was no longer worshipped, then it was exploited. People became arrogant towards nature and felt they could conquer it.
Beastlyis a fine arts exhibition which provokes experiences that may be able to inspire a return of the relationship between humans and animals. The pattern of relationships of these two forms of life changes continually with transformation and revolution into what is referred to as the big idea of .human civilization.. This art exhibition was previously held at the Rumah Seni Cemeti in Yogyakarta, by inviting thirty artists who work in diverse media and have flexibility in expression, such as Ade Darmawan, Arya Pandjalu, Agung Kurniawan, Angki purbandono, Abdi Setiawan, Agan Harahap, Beatrix Hendriani Kaswara, Caroline Rika Winata, Dian Ariyani, Dona Prawita Arissuta, Eko Nugroho, Erik Pauhrizi, Gintani Nur APresia Swastika, Iswanto Hartono, Laksmi Shitaresmi, Moelyono, Maryanto, Octora, Popok Tri Wahyudi, Ruang Rupa, Restu Ratnaningtyas, Sara Nuytemans, Syagini Ratna Wulan, S.Teddy D. Sigit Bapak, Terra Bajraghosa, Ugo Untoro, Uji Handoko, Wibowo Adi Utama, Wimo Ambala Bayang.
Heru Hikayat and Goenawan Mohamad also contributed written introductions for the exhibition.