How Ketamine and Ivermectin, Two Drugs Intended for Horses, Not Humans, Reflect the Art World's Anxieties

Rachel Rossin, "SCRY” (Installation View), 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Magenta Plains.

It didn't take the collective intelligence of Twitter long to realize that the chaos of our decade is embodied by two drugs meant for horses: ketamine and ivermectin. The former, a horse tranquilizer, has been a party drug for generations, but is newly and heavily marketed as a treatment for depression, addiction, and general soullessness. The latter, a livestock dewormer, ascended the manure pile of right-wing conspiracy theories as a dubious (and thoroughly de-bunked) prophylactic for Covid-19.

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