Fwd: Starving a dog is art? Boycott the presence of Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" at the Bienal Centroamer This is a very serious matter...
In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death.
For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died.
But according to Zane Fischer, arts columnist for the Santa Fe Reporter, the fact that the dog was starved to death is really a hoax. Read below for a commentary from Fischer:
"The dog was actually fed every day and then released back onto the streets. Dude. You've been to Mexico. You've seen the situation with stray, starving, wild dogs. To extrapolate, you've also been homeless. Everybody walks around, tolerating these situations and basically turning a blind eye, pretending that everything is well and healthy. Dogs and people are chained to unbreakable situations and starving to death and dying in front of us all the time. Put the situation is a display dynamic in a gallery and people have horrific reactions because it is "on view" in front of them and they believe the dog is being allowed to die. It's happening to thousands of dogs just outside the door, but they're not forced to confront it. The fact that people will actually organize a petition to stop one artist from injuring one dog (who is destined to a horrifying death anyway), perfectly exemplifies the point that people will mobilize to confront what offends them personally, while still being to fucking lazy to address the actual root of the problem."
Fischer, of course, pulls no punches in his quest for the truth. He dares suggest that you, the viewer, is the true guilty party in this "brilliant" art piece. I get the point but I still think it's kinda sick, whether the dog starved or not. For yet another perspective on the "Starving Dog Art Project," check out The Extraordinary Pet Blog.