Saturday, May 3, 2008

How disgusting!

I was just sent an email, and had to put something in here about it. I am absolutely shocked and disgusted that someone could do something so absolutely foul and dispicable to another living creature, no matter what the message they were trying to say.

In the 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, he tied him to a rope in an art gallery, starving him to death. For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors to the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful masterpiece' based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died. The title of the exhibit was written on the wall entirely in dog food - adding to the dog's torture as he could smell the food, but not eat it.

I check all emails I receive like this, and sadly this one is true. There are conflicting reports for how long the dog was tied up, and what happened to it after the exhibit, but no matter the circumstances, to do this to an animal is just plain wrong.

Please sign the petition to stop this artist exhibiting in the 2008 exhibition where he has been invited back...

Thank you, and sorry to post such a horrible story.


nss said...

Sorry you have been misinformed.

This email was going around back in April 2008.

If you read here you will see that it is infact a hoax.

nss said...

The story of a dog being starved to death as part of an art exhibition appears to have been falsely reported by Costa Rican newspaper The Nation, according to new sources. I reported the appalling story here last week among global outrage about the exhibit and a reported invitation to repeat the work elsewhere.

It has now emerged, however, that artist Guillermo Habacuc Vargas intended the work to be a stunt to show how a starving dog suddenly becomes the centre of attention when it is in a gallery, but not when it is on the street. The work was intended to expose people for what they really are - "hyprocritical sheep". He said that in order for the work to be valid, he and the gallery had to give the impression that the dog was genuinely starving to death and that it died.

Juanita Bermúdez, director of the Codex Gallery, stated that she would not have allowed the dog to be mistreated, that it ate and drank regularly, and that it was allowed to escape back to the streets from where it was taken at the end of the exhibit. "It is conceptual art and a work that leaves a social message", she said.

The stunt provoked massive outrage on a global scale, and over a million people have signed an online petition to try and prevent another dog being starved to death in a repeat of the exhibit. Unconfirmed reports say that the artist even received death threats and, judging by the vehement anger I've seen in response to this story, that would not suprise me.

The strange thing is perhaps how you react knowing now that this was a hoax. I suspect, like me, you still feel angry, perhaps that it's sick, and that your initial reaction was totally justified. But though I may not agree with his shocking methods whatsoever, I have to admire Guillermo Habacuc Vargas' ability to inspire such a reaction and, in that sense, didn't he achieve what he set out to do? Whether it qualifies as 'art', conceptual or not, is a totally different matter...

Yillup said...

Sadly there are MANY different reports out there. At different stages the "artist" has claimed it was for many different reasons he'd done this act, depending on the interview he was giving. And as I said in my post there are different reports (I made sure I researched as much as I could before posting). No matter what - even if he fed the dog and watered it, keeping a sick dog tied up in an art gallery and not getting it medical help but then releasing it into the wild is still a sick thing to do. If you look at the picture the poor dog it's on a short rope, on a hard floor, and that is cruel in itself.