Friday, October 19, 2007

Starved Dog As Art Update

***I have started a fundraising page so that we can all do something where as the people at the exhibit did nothing to help this poor dog. Please make an online donation today to help strays in Central America. We will not sit back and do nothing in the face of animal cruelty. Let us take our collective anger & outrage and turn it into something positive. Let's renew our faith in humanity and make a difference: http://www.firstgiving.com/centralamericanstrays
More about the charity:http://www.mckee-jaco.com/aboutus.htmdonation

I have an update, but my stance remains the same- boycott the "artist" for using a poor starving dog tied to a wall as art. Disgusting.

Ever since I saw the images of the poor starving dog tied up to wall as an exhibit in a gallery, I have thought of nothing else. The idea of an "artist" letting a dog starve to death as art was completely appalling. More upsetting was the thought that no one did anything to save the dog, not the gallery owners or employees and not the people who viewed the exhibit. We were led to believe that the dog died. The picture of people standing around as this dog lay there in need is simply incomprehensible. Whether or not the dog died is not the question, the fact that there are a starving sick dog in that desperately needed help and instead chained as art. Those people and their inaction are as despicable as the "artist".

Their inaction forced my action.
I had posted last on the terrible images & my utter outrage. I have not been able to stop thinking of this poor dog. There has been a petition to boycott the "artist" from the Biennale Central America 2008 in Honduras. We have all been voicing our outrage and asking all to sign it. When I discovered the petition, it had 6000 signature by the end of the day it went to 7000. By the next morning it went to 12,000. Two days later it is now at 26,000.

Jaime Sancho had been moved to action to start this petition. It has grown and I am thankful. I had emailed Jaime in hopes to get more information about the event. The event took place on August 16th, 2007 at Galeria Codice in Managua, Nicaragua. I promised Jaime that we would do all we can to get some media coverage on this outrage. Jaime had in turned sent a letter to the Honduran ambassador of Spain to boycott this "artist". I just emailed the gallery very politely asking for more information about the event, etc so that I could properly write about it (meanwhile what I wanted to say to them was that they were heartless f*cks that should one day be made to go through what that poor dog went through). Surprisingly, the director emailed me back within a half hour with a press release that she will be releasing to the local news & the national Costa Rican paper.

Here is the letter translated through Babelfish- not a perfect translation, but good enough to read their thinly veiled explanation that conveniently the dog "escaped" the morning after the exhibition:

EXPLANATION OF GALERIA CODICE Managua, 19 of October Gallery Codice from its creation in 1991, has promoted the Central American, but specially the Nicaraguans visual arts, as much in the national level, like in regional and the international. In Codice they have exposed great Central American teachers, as well as consolidated and emergenging artists. The contemporary languages of the universal art also have had space in Codice, reason why periodically it welcomes samples of conceptual art. With that spirit, Thursday 16 of August just last No.1 Exhibition appeared, of the Costa Rican artist, Guillermo Vargas, known artistically as HABACUC. One of the exposed works consisted of presenting/displaying a famélico dog that Habacuc gathered off the street, and during the exhibition he appeared moored with a nylon cord, that was subject as well to another cord that hung of two nails in a corner of the Gallery. Habucuc named the dog "Natividad" in tribute to the Nicaraguan Natividad Canda (24 years) that died devoured by two Rottweiler dogs in a factory of San Jose, Costa Rica, the dawn of Thursday 10 of November of 2005. The dog remained in the premises three days, from the 5pm afternoon of Wednesday 15 of August. He was loose all along in the inner patio, except the 3 hours that the sample lasted, was fed regularly with dog food that the same Habucuc brought. Surprise, to the dawn of Friday 17, the dog escaped happening through the iron iron doors of the main entrance of the building, while the nocturnal watchman who finished feeding cleaned it the outer sidewalk of the same one. The Gallery Codice reserves the right of guarding by the quality of the exposed works, respecting at any moment the creativity of the artist and it has never tried to exert no type of censorship, as long as they do not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal. I thought to remain with "Natividad", but he preferred to return to his own habitat. I celebrate the one that so many people in the international level have been annoying by the declarations offered by Habacuc, in which she maintained that its intention was to let die to the starvation dog, which is of its absolute responsibility. When fulfilling informing the truth into the facts, I hope that all those same people have also elevated their voice of repudio when Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler. Kindly, Juanita Bermúdez Director Gallery Codice Managua, Nicaragua

Bottom line: The "artist"- Guilermo Habacuc Vargas, Galeria Codice & all those people at the exhibition did nothing and let a sick starving animal be tied up to a gallery wall as an exhibit- they deserve no kindness. Even if the dog did not die and so conveniently "escaped" the next day, those people had a chance to help but did not. I would like to believe that one day all those complicit in this horrible exhibit will meet the same justice in their hour of need: chained up and sick- their misery & starvation displayed in the name of art with no help in sight.

I just received more information from the director of the gallery who has informed me that the dog had been fed regularly by the artist and the dog really did escape. I asked what they had intended to do after the exhibit and she said that she intended to take the dog to her farm.

I also asked this: didn’t any viewers protest & try to release the dog during the exhibit if they thought that the dog was really being starved to death?

Her reply: no one protested nor tried to release the dog. Most of the audience were young artists who surely assumed that the dog was not going to starve. Next day, when the dog was already gone, two or three young women artists came to offer to adopt the dog.

Do you believe her or not? Let me know what you think.

I feel some sense of relief from her response, but I still find the "art" inhumane:
Petition to Boycott the"artist" from the Biennale Central America 2008 Honduras
Latest Update on this and continued coverage here...

42 comments:

bazu said...

Ugh. I sent this petition to everyone I know, including all my fellow grad. students- hopefully those studying art and involved in the art world will be a large part of the opposition to this, what was his name again, oh yeah, dumbfuck.

the little one said...

It was not art. It was cruelty. Disgusting and a sad reminder of how desensitized human beings have become to other sentient beings.

scottishvegan said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It's incomprehesible how anyone could stand around believing that an animal was dying. Disgusting.

reiskeks said...

Dear VKO,

I would be very happy if this would be true and the poor dog would have escaped :-). But there would be some questions left:

-Where did the man who started the petition get his information from? Wouldn't he be able to bring some clarity into the case?

-Can we believe something written AFTER 26.000 signed a boycott and not BEFORE?

-Why was there no statement of the gallery right after the exhibit?

-Why were all people left to believe that the dog has to die? Even the Spanish and Costa Rican people seem to believe that the dog died, and, after more Google search for "Natividad Canda", I found out that there were several animal rights organizations FROM Costa Rica protesting after the "events"?

Very "mysterious". Honestly, these people do not care either about the poor burglar Natividad Canda, devoured by guard dogs on private property, nor about the poor stray, if "full" starved or almost starved, I suppose either the dog was killed and tossed or escaped almost dead and starved somewhere else, bur for sure, nobody there cared :-(

And honestly, how many people KNOW for REAL, besides the gallery, that the dog did not die? So either somebody is lying frightened to lose customers and visitors, or somebody is very, very cynical, making thousands of people believe a dog died as art, just to gain attention. And the poor fella WAS not happy or well fed, this WAS cruelty no matter which way I look on it :-(

Even if the dog did not die (what I really do hope, but...*melancholic*), I am still mad, and, for sure this "artist" do not deserve to represent his county in a major exhibition to the world!

reiskeks said...

Dear VKO,
I am for signing the boycott against this "artist" this or that way. Did the cruelty suddenly disappear, because the dog was "only" almost starved?

Those are the moments when I am so glad, that I am not blogging "professionally", I do not have to attract anybody to my page, I can write about what I really think, I can be widely unpopular :D ...and I will keep the page for sure to ask for more signs on the petition...

Pink Theory said...

Thanks VKO for the update. I still feel the same about it whether or not the dog was truly fed or not. People did nothing to help what they believed to be a starving/dying dog (regardless of whether or not it was starving, almost starving or whatever). Cruelty for the sake of art, fashion, food, and/or entertainment is not good. I agree with bazu about the artist's name too!

reiskeks said...

Dear VKO,
according to Mr.Torelló, who started the petition in the first place, the dog was staved for real and the gallery is telling lies... I added all the news to the petition blog, and Mr.Torelló has now also a page on his own, the address is: http://www.ea6gk.org/ *melancholic*

VeggieGirl said...

I just read your post to my parents (we've all been following this appalling occurrence, and signed the petition after you brought the issue to our attention, last week), and we're all in agreement that, even if the dog was "supposedly" being fed and (luckily!) escaped, that does NOT justify putting the dog on display, and being starved at that moment. This whole thing is despicable; and you are completely correct in stating that the people at the Gallery and who were bystanders at the exhibit, will meet their fate - and it won't be pleasant, THAT'S for sure.

Jaime Sancho Torelló said...

Please put it on the first plane on your blog. Tanks
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"ANSWER TO GALERÍA CÓDICE
GALERÍA CÓDICE
Juanita Bermúdez
Director
Managua, Nicaragua

The international community, and in name of this one more than 30139 people, asks for the exclusion of Mr. Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" of the Central American Biennial Honduras 2008 by the following reason: I mistreat produced when persecuting, capturing and to tie a famélico street dog, done that you confirm.

The rest of the world we did not finish including/understanding like can allow that an artist can recreate his work with the suffering of an animal and that the assistants can celebrate a celebration with a famélico dog like bottom drop curtain.

The rest of the world we cannot include/understand as a jury can award the work of Vargas on the basis of the work criterion "of great quality and excellent coherence between idea and execution", according to detailed.

In name of the art not all bond. To try to make think that vetoing us to Mr. Guillermo Vargas to want to moor in its gallery a persecuted and famélico dog had been censorship is an error. What it had been is to have common sense, something that evidently they needed.

If porqué thought to remain with the animal I do not adopt it, it took care of and it fed from the first moment? It is easy to say now that it wants to us to make think, if certain or no, that the dog, tired and hungry famélico "surprisingly" escaped ahead the noses of a watchman.

If the Gallery Codex guards by the quality of the exposed works and allows the exhibition of a mistreated alive being, del already makes al rest clear world as it is the quality of the works exposed in its gallery.

Being conceited of which it does not exert censorship, as long as "does not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal" and to allow that the denounced facts, causes that the rest of the world we wonder ourselves that you by ethics understand when happen been having has moored itself persecuted, captured, humiliated and tortured a dog, psicológiamente, with implication of being able to be killed, if she is not that she really lost it as said own Vargas. It is his word against the one of this other person who affirms the opposite: Of the Blog de Rodrigo Peñalba http://www.marcaacme.com/...habacuc "According to what I knew, the dog died on the following day by lack of food."

Vargas said: "Nobody made the decision to feed the dog that it was" exposing ", collaborating of that way to its death. These affirmations contradict to Juanita Bermúdez (director of the Gallery Codex) when it affirms that the dog "escaped". If Mr. Vargas lies or she does, who stops the case is the same.

Another version that denies the explanation of the director: "The dog died after a day in the exhibition, according to confirmed the Nation Marta Leonor González, publisher of the cultural supplement of the Press in Nicaragua." http://www.nacion.com/...aldea1263590

And another one: Liliam Schnog, president of the Humanitarian Association for the Protection Animal, said that she does not understand how an animal was let to die of hunger if on a floor there was a phrase done with food.

The international community is worried because in century XXI still there are people like the Vargas who mistreat animals, galleries like hers that exposes them and sworn that awards them.

It was ensured widely that all the international community is sorry that Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler, but to try to compare the human mind with the one of the dogs says very little in its favor. It is more, gives to understand us that what Vargas did and what you allowed was by revenge, an adjustment of accounts, which makes worse more, if it fits, the things.

Like author of the request online so that the Guillernmo the Vargas "Habacuc" is excluded to participate in the Central American Biennial Honduras 2008 I inform to him into which I will follow ahead and present/display at its moment to the organizers of same the companies who have taken shelter, on the basis of considering simultaneously that Vargas is a maltratador of the sort animal, which I make my request to all the galleries public of the world so that also they veto it.

Kindly, Jaime Sancho"

urban vegan said...

Sadistic? Yes.
Cruel? Yes.
Heartless? YEs.
Bad karma? Yes.
Pessimsitic? Yes.
Destructive? Yes.
Inhumane? Yes.
Cop-out? Yes.
F*cked up? Yes.

Art? NO.

Ashasarala said...

I am extremely skeptic. I do not believe they offered the dog food. I do not believe he let the dog wander around un-chained. I do not believe the dog 'escaped'. I do not believe anyone planned on adopting the dog.

Even if it were all true, there is NO excuse- even if the dog were as healthy as anything- to use an animal as 'art' in such a manner. It's one thing to paint or draw a picture of a dog, yet entirely another to keep the dog tied up for people to stare at them and walk on by. That's one of the biggest reasons I hate zoos! It's simply disgusting.

I'm hoping that by 'escape', they really meant someone secretly set the dog free, as I've pictured myself doing whenever I think about this abomination.

Some people are just so sick and ignorant, it makes me want to scream.

Kati said...

I find this whole situation deplorable. It sickens me beyond belief. First, I think it's unethical to exert our brute force to capture other animals - sentient beings - and use them for exhibits or entertainment. Going beyond that, it's painfully clear that this particular dog was in need of serious care, considering the visible wounds on his nose, not to mention his emaciation. Whether or not the "artist" was feeding the dog (which I have a feeling is probably not true - anyone who would capture a starving stray dog and show them as "art" clearly wouldn't have the sense or decency to feed it, since they were profiting from its unfed state) is irrelevant. I find it ridiculous that the press release even mentions the phrase "elementary principles of ethics" as the actions of this "artist" and gallery are so far from it. The whole thing maddens me to the core of my being.

Another thing to consider: if the dog was being treated as fairly as the gallery rep claims, why on earth would it run away? Even in the dog's weakened state, the strength of his will is obvious - no creature wants to be tied up for entertainment. No creature wants to be a spectacle. No creature wants to suffer.

Hopefully some kind person will spot the dog and give it the care it deserves. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

cheznut said...

You sick fuck, did the doctor forget the P for Prozac on your prescription? What, didn't your mumma breastfeed you when you were a kid? You call that art? You got the right reception, now im going to ..............................................................................

Anonymous said...

This brought me to tears. This sick person has a pathetic idea of art, and I am heartbroken over this sick torture. We have to stop them! Take action at:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/675045?REPOST=a4a110c784b6824f8a1acfea15d44640

SIGN THE PETITION!

Anonymous said...

does anybody have the address of this beast? i wish he dies. anybody the address of the exhibition? or the biennale 2008? i always thought biennales are pure trash, now i know

K. C. said...

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Humanity needs to take a look at its treatment of the animals. It is sadly this way in India as well. I viewed one clip on youtube called Pet Stores and Puppy Mills and in the end of the video some indian guys actually took a live shepherd type dog by a rope and made it climb into a garbage truck and then they closed it up and began to crush the poor dog alive. Haunting and yet they claim to be human.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...OK I agree that this was a terrible thing to see, a terrible thing to watch, that really makes us question the artist's humanity. But look...he's brought attention to this issue...strays dying by the thousands on the streets where no one ever stops to look at them. After all, this "art" has brought this kind of animal suffering to the attention of the world, and has brought you to do something about it. Maybe this isn't as one-sided as it seems...

Anonymous said...

While this exhibit is sick and evil it pales in comparison to legalized abortion. STOP LEGALIZED BABY MURDER and then worry about dogs.

Tom said...

I agree with what many of you said. Yes, this exhibit is a sad reminder of how desensitized we've become, and we should all be outraged and motivated to donate to the plight of Central American strays.

In other words...IT WORKED! Whereas a year ago nobody cared about the thousands of abused, starving dogs in Costa Rica, now everyone is outraged, thanks to these tragic pictures of a single dog. According to the artist's own stated intentions, this can only be considered a success.

Just as pictures of a self-immolating monk raised awareness and motivated people to protest war in Vietnam, so too have these sad images outraged and motivated a million people who a month ago were either unaware or indifferent to the crisis.

Unfortunately, the knee-jerk reaction is of course to blame the artist. I'm reminded of the persecution of John Lennon when he made his inflammatory (yet unfortunately *accurate*) assessment that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus.

That the dog was only on display for a mere 3 hours, and was, by all accounts fed and cared for, and (perhaps disappointinly to some) most likely did not die during the exhibit (or as a result of it) apparently makes no difference. Once again the internet has demonstrated that a picture and an inaccurate description are worth 1,000 signatures.

Amanda said...

I get furious at how people misconstrue this. The POINT of the art was that none of the people in the gallery (or, now, outraged online) give a damn that this happens to animals in the street every day. He took a tragic animal that no one cared about, and DISPLAYED the condition it was already in, FED it, and everyone calls him a monster. The point is only getting MORE ironic, and more disgusting for those of us paying attention.

BT said...

In Costa Rica, Honduras, and other countries in that area, stray dogs walk the streets like squirrels do here. Their value as pets is greatly diminished, therefore, they can probably stomach this better than we can here. And really, dogs like this die every day, diseased and unable to eat.

The key here is CONTEXT. If the artist had bought a healthy dog, or shoot, took a healthy stray from the street, and then did this, it would very much be torture, and more difficult to stomach. But this dog was sick, and, like the artist said, and about to die anyways. Shock value. Using the extremes to bring attention to things. Don't petition the artist. Rather, petition the treatment of dogs within these countries (although even this is rather futile).

patricialynne said...

Many people have been saying it wasn't a bad idea what this guy did. They say "there are tons of starving dog out there. It has brought awareness about strays" The difference between the stray dogs on the street and the one tied up for "art" is they aren't tied up to a wall, they can run away from abusers, and scavenge for food. That dog couldn't, that dog was at the mercy of everyone in that room. Who knows for sure if anyone actual fed the poor animal.
My point is the dog was tied up and inhibited from trying to take care of itself. Dogs do not need us humans to take care of them. They are capable of finding their own food, and sadly not all of them survive, but not all animals in the savanas of Africa survive either. Should we tie up a baby lion and let it starve to make a point that it's pride will not always be able to catch food to feed it? No, it's survival of the fittest. for stray dogs, that is sadly a fact of life for them as well.
This man could have done it very differently and raised awareness in a much more humane way. Oh but then he wouldn't have raised as big of a ruckus and gotten infamous.

Audrey said...

>>>While this exhibit is sick and evil it pales in comparison to legalized abortion. STOP LEGALIZED BABY MURDER and then worry about dogs.


...you're an idiot.

Alva said...

First I would like to say that I DID sign this petition, however in the opening paragraph you said "help strays in Central America". I'm sorry but that comment is laughable. I realize your good intentions but have you ever been to Central America? The strays that wander the streets in Central America is a vast amount. And not all dogs that wander the streets are homeless, they are simply allowed to wander around. The dog that was captured may have belonged to a poor family who could not afford to have a dog but had it because he meant something to the family. Maybe my words come too quickly and I should research the foundation more but I hope that the money donated is for the neuter/spayed of the dogs, the treatment of diseased dogs, and the placement of homes for dogs. Please do me a favor as well, please visit Central America if you truly wish to help stray animals and hopefully this will enlighten you and your committee.

rpbuckley01 said...

If this sicko Brings this exhibit up again, would anyone mind sending me an email and telling me where and when it will be?
I, and the dog he decides to torture this time, would greatly appreciate it.
ryanpb01@yahoo.com

isblackhawk07 said...

Think.

The difference between you and me is that i do not go with the mass. before you put your signature on ANYTHING, or decide to take sides and accuse someone publicly of something, DO SOME RESEARCH. DID YOU ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS THING WITH THE DOG? OF COURSE LIKE THE MASS YOU JUST TOOK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SAID, AND BELIEVED THE RUMORS. THINK.

THE INTERENT IS GOOD FOR INFORMING, BUT IDIOTS ACT AND SPEAK BEFORE THINKING. ALL I SEE IS EVERYONE OPENING THEIR MOUTH & CRITICISING & CURSING THIS DUDE WHO CALLS HIMSELF AN ARTIST. GRANTED, HE IS NOT A VERY GOOD ARTIST. but...

THINK: -was the artist's intention to kill the dog?
-was the dog already going to die, & nothing could be done for it?
-how long was it on display? Dogs out in the wild can go without food for days.
-Is there any concrete proof that the artist did not feed the dog?
-How do you know it was not fed when the gallery closed, and this was not just for the show, in order to speak about animal cruelty?
-dio you have proof that the dog died, and that it wasn't released, and the rumour was started to create upheaval which later went out of hand?
-Consider the message he wanted to say: Over the dog on the wall of the gallery he had written "You Are What You Read", and it was written with dog food. Yes, dog food. YES HE MEANT THAT WE THE READERS ARE WORTHLESS DOG FOOD, FOOD FOR THE POOR STARVING DOG AND OTHER DOGS, WHICH ARE STARVING IN THE STREETS UNNOTICED, or that in other words, we can provide the food and shelter these animals need. educate your dumb brain to understand symnbols and metaphors.
-Before putting up a show artists write an artist statement. Did you read it?
-what was the artist's intention?
-did you ask any of these questions?
-did you think that perhaps he wanted to talk about the VERY serious problem of stray animals and especially dogs in his country?
-What do stray dogs symbolize in a society?
-is society apathetic, or the artist?
-did you think before you acted or opened your mouth or used your dumb ten fingers to type something on the interent?

PEOPLE ARE VERY EAGER TO JOIN SOMEWHERE JUST SO THEY CAN BELONG SOMEWHERE, AND THEY DON'T THINK ABOUT THE SOMWEHERE OR THEY WHY.

THEY JUST BELIEVE IN A CAUSE AND THEN FOLLOW IT BLINDLY. BLINDLY. FANATICALLY.

USE LOGIC IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.

FIND OUT WHAT A LEMMING IS. THEN CALL YOURSELF ONE. DO IT NOW. GO ON THE INTERNET AND TYPE "LEMMING" IN GOOGLE. NOW THAT YOU REALIZED WHAT YOU ARE, DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE ACTING OR SPEAKING, OR ACCUSING OR JOINING A CAUSE TO DESTROY SOMEONE'S CAREER, WHEN THE VERY PURPOSE OF THE ARTIST WAS TO FIGHT FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE ARGUING ABOUT AS WELL.

BUT UNLESS SOMEONE PROVIDES SOME FACTS INSTEAD OF RECEYCLING ANGER & JUSTIFYING IT WITH ANGER, YOU SHOULD NOT BE CONVINCED.

THINK AGAIN:
was the artist's intention to kill the dog?

BEFORE YOU DISCARD THIS: READ WHAT THE ARTIST SAID AFTER THE SHOW:
"My name is Guillermo Habacuc Vargas. I am 50 years old and an artist. Recently, I have been critisized for my work titled "Eres lo que lees", which features a dog named Nativity. The purpose of the work was not to cause any type of infliction on the poor, innocent creature, but rather to illustrate a point. In my home city of San Jose, Costa Rica, tens of thousands of stray dogs starve and die of illness each year in the streets and no one pays them a second thought. Now, if you publicly display one of these starving creatures, such as the case with Nativity, it creates a backlash that brings out a big of hypocrisy in all of us. Nativity was a very sick creature and would have died in the streets anyway."

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF THE ARTIST. NATIVITY WAS THE DOG'S NAME. IT WAS SICK AND IT WAS GOING TO DIE.

ELSEWHERE HE SAYS:
"I knew the dog died on the following day from lack of food. During the inauguration, I knew that the dog was persecuted in the evening between the houses of aluminum and cardboard in a district of Managua. 5 children who helped to capture the dog received 10 bonds of córdobas for their assistance. The name of the dog was Natividad, and I let him die of hunger in the sight of everyone, as if the death of a poor dog was a shameless media show in which nobody does anything but to applaud or to watch disturbed. In the place that the dog was exposed remain a metal cable and a cord. The dog was extremely ill and did not want to eat, so in natural surroundings it would have died anyway; thus they are all poor stray dogs: sooner or later they die or are killed.

If people care about a dog in a gallery, why don't they care about a dog in the strees?

AREN'T PEOPLE ASHAMED AND ENRAGED AS MUCH WHEN SEEING A DOG DIE IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN THE 'GALLERY' OF EVERYDAY LIFE? INSTEAD OF DYING IN THE STREET, THE DOG DIED IN A FANCY BUILDING WHERE FAT LADIES WITH BIG FAT POCKETS GO AND BUY EXPENSIVE ART.. AND NEVER CARE ABOUT THE DOGS OUTSIDE...BUT THEY CARE ABOUT THE ONE DOG INSIDE...

SO INSTEAD OF EVERYONE TAKING THE BLAME AND RECOGNIZING THEIR FAULT FOR THE CONDITION OF THE STREETS WITH STRAY ANIMALS, BECAUSE EVERYONE COULD DO THEIR PART... THEY ARE NOW DOING THEIR PART, BY CONVENIENTLY AND EASILY TYPING SOME JUNK AND ANGER AND ACCUSATIONS AND CONDEMNATIONS JUST TO PRETEND THEY CARE ABOUT STRAY ANIMALS.

THE ARTIST ISN'T THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM! WE, OUR VERY SELVES ARE AT THE ROOT, EVERY ONE OF US COLLECTIVELY! WE ARE AT FAULT FOR WHY THE DOG DIE, AND WHY ANOTHER FEW THOUSAND WILL CONTINUE TO DIE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

FEED A DOG WITH DOG FOOD. SHUT UP. GET YOUR ASS OFF THE COPMUTER CHAIR. GET OFF THE INTERNET. AND START USING YOUR BRAIN. PLEASE

EVERYONE WANTS TO BELONG TO A GROUP, AND EVERYONE WANTS TO SAVE THE WORLD, BECAUSE THEY HAVE VERY BORING JOBS AND FEEL VERY USELESS, SO THEY SIGN WHATEVER PETITION COMES THEIR WAY WITHOUT THINKING OF THE CONSEQUENCES.. THE PROBLEM IS THAT EVERY UNIVERSITY KID, OR 45-YEAR-OLD WORKER WHO SITS ALL DAY IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER, AND WANTS TO PRETEND THAT HE OR SHE IS AN ACTIVIST AND SEEM 'THENTHITIVE', ('THENTHITIVE'-->'SENSITIVE', FOR YOU IDIOTS), TO THE WORLD'S ISSUES, POPS LIKE A MUSHROOM UNDER A TREE AND SPEAKS THE REGURGITATED SNUFF OF ACCUSATIONS THAT HE OR SHE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SMURFETTE NEXT TO HIM OR HER.

ask questions before labeling someone or an event. DO IT.
-does this artist have any previous history of doing similar things, OR BEING CRUEL TO ANUMALS?

-why was he awarded the Biennale prize? ASK WHY? FIND OUT!!! SPECIFICALLY. NO B.S.

-HAS HE HELPED ANIMALS AT TIMES IN THE PAST?

STOP BEING PART OF THE MASS. PUT A SOCK IN YOUR MOUTH ALL OF YOU. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU USE YOUR FINGERS TO TYPE OR USE YOUR MOUTH TO SPEAK. ASK QUESTIONS. STOP BEING A PART OF THE MASS.

STOP BEING A PART OF THE MASS WHICH ACTS WITHOUT THINKING

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK (?)

I do agree that if he tortured this dog, or made this dog worse off my puting him on display, then he was indeed wrong... BUT, the dog was sick, homeless and would have had to compete with food with THOUSANDS of other dogs on the street. So in essence, lying on the ground starving, and being tied up in an art gallery are NOT that different. Not one person would have noticed that dog just laying on the road or have been inspired to help it. But now people see this issue in a new light. He has succeeded in proving a valuable point about the cruelty and HYPOCRISY of humanity.

Also, you could really condemn ANY photographer who has ever taken a picture of a suffering creature or human in a 3rd world country and not helped them.

Sorry for the even longer post... but people crying for the death of this man without even trying to think for themselves disgust me.

Mike said...

I would just like to point out that while the dog was in the art gallery he was taken care of and fed. Since the dog was pulled off the street and he looked like that, I would assume that he was treated better in the day or so he spent in the art gallery than he had been on the street.

http://thepetextraordinarium.blogspot.com/2008/03/starving-dog-exhibit-reported-as-hoax.html

enjoy

latina chica said...

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/vargas.asp

finchgirl16 said...

I think someone should hog tie him and leave him naked and starving on exhibition so people could come and gawk at him.

berns said...

Hey people, the truth is, things happen in this world. What the artist does is to highlight this. You feel uncomfortable because you DON'T WANT to see it happen. Truth is, people/animals are suffering all around the world and you probably wouldn't give a damn had no one told you about it. The artwork forces you to look at it happen. Of course you do not like it. Who likes to watch bad things happen. Good art asks the right questions. If you feel uncomfortable, go save a poor suffering starving kid or person of an oppressed country instead of wasting time complaining about this.

ak72 said...

Berns - Bad things do happen in the world, but with that kind of logic where would the "art" stop? Should we tie misfortunate children up and starve them to death to make a public statement? To get people interested in the cause? Of course suffering makes people uncomfortable. That doesn't mean that this type of exhibit should be condoned. There are other, more humane ways of making public statements about suffering. One dog's life might not move mountains for you, but how do you become so detached from your own humanity that you could sip your wine, watch and do nothing as a living thing wastes away chained to a wall, unable to even find comfort or solitude in its own death?

Lewis said...

I haven't stopped laughing yet....

I'm in Honduras several times a year, and the sight of a starving dog on the side of the road is nothing new to me. They live cold, brutal, short lives without love. But an artist puts one indoors, and lets it die, and the whole world stops to take notice?? How stupid can you be? Where is the petition to raise money for Central American stray dogs? Is it hiding behind the worthless petition you have put out here? This man did nothing but move a dying dog from point A to point B. This artist was brilliant, with just a dog he was able to bring forth the hypocrisy of man.

But now a question: If a dog starves to death in the streets, and no one cares enough to look, does it make a sound?

Apparently not. Only dogs starving to death in art galleries do that.

jmartin116 said...

To all who say to think specificly to isblackhawk07

YOU think:
-Just look at the pictures, did the dog look like it was sick and about to die?
-If it was really being fed, why did he died days after or why would it even escape?
-Dogs die every day on the streets, but they are NOT tied up.
-If I was to pass by its side I would have thought it had an owner and was being fed and would have kept going my own way. And even if the food was beside the dog I would have though it was there for the owner to give it to it later. (If you don't know many dogs are trained to eat at specific hours).
-So in the conditions Gillermo had it no one would have suspected it was being starved to death.
-Even if it was left to go, it was CRUEL just to leave it without food and to PREVENT it from trying to find some for days.
-Although he "allegedlly" "tried to prove a point" and YOU say people are doing the FUZZ because it was done on an exibition and wasn't on the streets.
-The FUZZ is not totally about that dog being starved. It is more, actually, because he "Supposedly" is going to do it again.

So do YOU people that said that the others should think and rationalize, have YOU?
Think about it and let me know.
I DO think Guillermo Vargas ‘Habacuc’ should be tied up, and that he should be stopped from doing it again.

YOU may have convinced many people, but your "jedi mind tricks" won't work on me, they only work on weak minds.

If YOU want to refute and write a message to my attention just write "To Jedi Apprentice" and May the Force be With You, Always.

Steve said...

The only humane thing that could have been done for the dog was to put him to sleep. If the dog escaped as so many of you wish he would he would have died and if a vet took over care of them they would have injected him and killed him. It may not be art but at least the artist was trying to show the pain and agony that negleted animals have to go through by shoving in our faces.

KentuckyGirl said...

There are quite a fw douche bads writing all over this blog...isblackhawk07 being the biggest of them all. Yes, people read things, get outraged, and vent their feelings online just as you have done. However, regardless if the animal was sick or not does that mean you tie him up for all to see just to make the point that there are thousands of sick, hungry, homeless dogs roaming around? What gives this artist the right to make an example of the dog? The majority of the residents are poor and won't be able to provide care for animals anyway, so by making an example of this dog, the point will be well taken but still nothing will change. rather than participating in animal cruelty and calling it art, why didn't he just do his part and help that one animal? Being a veterinarian for almost 6 years, I would have to say that making an exhibit to show how big the issue of over pet population is would be a better idea. We should donate our money to provide spaying and neutering animals overseas rather than donating money in hopes to "stop the next exhibit." You don't need that much money to just cut the dog free yourself.

nbujak said...

This is the wrong way to bring attention to animal cruelty. If that is what was the purpose of this exhibit. Likely the purpose wa more self serving. What is next? Do we tie up and rape a woman at gunpoint at an art show to bring attention to the fact that such acts of cruelty occur in war torn countries around the world. I am disgusted by this. If I had the means to do so I would attend this show and I would end up in jail after kicking the s..t out of this artist. Please someone do it in my name.

Billy said...

God now I'm hungry. That dog looks delicious. Do you think they would mind if I ate the dog in the middle of the exhibit? Or should I wait until it dies? Either way, dog meat rocks!

SPOILERS: None of you Planeteer-wannabes have a right to say anything unless you pick up each and every single stray, starving animal that you see and take it into your house to be cared for as long as it lives. That dog had 2 choices:
1) Die on the streets because it wouldn't eat naturally.
2) Die in an artist's exhibit because it wouldn't eat naturally.
Also, why the hell does everyone get bent out of shape over some diseased mutt in a 3rd-world country? How about the PEOPLE in the 3rd-world country that are worse off than the dog? Our society is so full of this global warming, Greenpeace, PETA crap that we ignore the real problems. Just for the record, PETA euthanizes about 2/3 of all the animals it takes into its shelter, global warming is a myth (there was a thing about global cooling in the 70's that had everybody in a frenzy too), and all Greenpeace does is use scare-tactics to get some money. THE CAKE IS A LIE PEOPLE! WAKE UP! To my credit, I do care about the environment, animals, the climate, etc...but not enough to freak out like everybody did with Y2K. Everyone is treating the death of one dog like the end of the world. This is why I have lost faith in mankind: because people are idiots.

Maura said...

Their are stray animals everywhere in the world. Yes, in some places this is an issue, in others not so much. Overall, the majority of these stray animals will die on their own. Once again, on their own. I have seen some artists in my life so far that do express their art through their crazy and absurd ways. In regards to the horrible life they had lived, the wrong paths they chose, all the suffering they have been through. I believe this is, in fact, necessary for them. Do you really believe this the way to express it?? I just can't agree ;)
On that note, I would like to close with the following perspective
A Vedanta perspective
There are five reasons that human biengs suffer......


Not knowing the true nature of reality.

Holding on to that which is insubstantial, therefore not real.

Fear from/ fear of that which is insubstantial, not real.

Identification with a false and constricted habitual self, which we call the ego.

Fear of death


All other causes of suffering are somehow or another related to the five. In fact, all of the five reasons are contained in the first. Therefore, the reason we suffer is not knowing the true nature of reality.

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raquel said...

I'm trying to write a paper on this guy. I'm a college art student. How did you get in contact with the gallery director? Can I please have that information or any information you received from her? Have you gotten in contact with the artist himself, and if so, can I have that information? I am having a VERY difficult time finding ANYTHING reputable to use in my paper. I can not use blog posts as sources. Anyone can post whatever they want. Where are the newspaper articles on this event? Where has it been written about by someone scholarly? Please help! rguest83@gmail.com

Richard2000 said...

It's one thing to paint or draw a picture of a dog, yet entirely another to keep the dog tied up for people to stare at them and walk on by. That's one of the biggest reasons I hate zoos! It's simply disgusting. earth4energy grow taller Electronic Cigarette tava tea error fix

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