Thursday, 24 April 2008


This is one of those things you come across and just have to blink a couple times and ask, “is this real?”.
An "artist" by the name of Guillermo "Habacuc" Vargas Jimenez (habacuc being his stage name) was in the Bienarte 2007 (art exhibit) in Costa Rica.
There he displayed a very sick and starving stray dog that he had two children capture for him in a nearby barrio (village) for some money.
Once in possession of said dog he named "Natividad", (which means birth) he tied the dog up and held him there under a sign he made on the wall entitled "Eres Lo Que Lees", "You Are What You Read". The letters were made of kibbles.
The dog was held there, starving and staring longingly at the title. Hundreds of visitors to the art exhibit passed by, a few animal lovers asked for the dog to be released but Vargas refused. According some animal rights activists Natividad died of starvation.
Vargas won first prize for his display of art, which he says was to illustrate the real problem of stray dogs and to "sensitize" the people to their deaths.
He has now been asked to participate in the upcoming "Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008", "Bienarte 2008 in Central America Honduras" that will be held in November 2008.

While I do not believe in censorship, I do believe that a line must be drawn when it involves taking an unwilling model and using them against their wishes.
There is a petition to ban him from this event, which you can visit by clicking this link.

On the other end perhaps this was the reaction the artist is seeking. The inevitable backlash serves as a perfect marketing tool for the artist in question, generating the publicity and hype to the project.

Whatever the truth turns out to be, the issue of animal cruelty it is supposed to represent has been highlighted to the world and hopefully it can be addressed before the hype is long forgotten.


  1. Passei aqui para te deixar um beijinho!

    Bom fim-de-semana prolongado!

    (Infelizmente, para mim, amanhã é dia de trabalho!)

  2. Who knows what this guy was thinking. I doubt I'd call it art, but I won't call it anything until I learn more about it.

  3. How sick and it hurts me to see this. What someone will do for attention and fame. I will not take part because I don't think it should get more attention than it has already gotten.

  4. How disturbing! I could not even watch.


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