Starving Dog as Art
Netlore Archive: Forwarded email urges recipients to sign a petition preventing artist Guillermo Vargas (aka 'Habacuc' or 'Habakkuk') from participating in the Central American Biennial because of an exhibition he created in which a stray dog was allegedly starved to death in the name of art.
Description: Forwarded email / Online Petition
Circulating since: Oct. 2007
Analysis: See last page
Email contributed by Ivan R., Oct. 22, 2007:
Dear friends, this is very cruel and sad. An "artist" from Costa Rica, named Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, put a
starved dog as a work of art, the poor dog died there, he did not want anyone give him food or water. This
monster asked some children to chase the dog and he paid them for their dirty work to give him the dog.
In that event, (in which the dog died) he was chosen to represent his country in the "Bienal Centroamericana
Honduras 2008", the petition site is to sign to boycott him , so he won't participate in the event:
The emails of the Bienal to ask that this monster wont't be select to representative of his country are:
bienalcostarica@ gmail.com , info@ madc.ac.cr
Email contributed by Melinda P., March 10, 2008:
FW: lease help - this is horrendous.
In 2007, an 'artist' called Guillermo Vargas Habacuc caught a stray dog on the street, tied it up on a short
leash to the wall of an art gallery and left it there to die slowly of hunger and thirst. Over the next few
days, the artist himself and visitors to the gallery watched impassively as this happened. Now the
prestigious Central American Biennial of Art has decided that this was art and has asked Vargas Habacuc to
repeat his actions in the Biennial of 2008. If you don't believe it, Google the artist's name... Please sign
On the petition page, the four things it asks for are name, email, town and country. The rest is in English,
I hope we can help because this really is horrific. In the email were photos but I won't post them as they
may upset some people. Those wishing to know more can Google the artist in question as my friend's message
suggests. There is also an article in Spanish but I don't think we have many Spanish speaking members....
The above is the gist of the situation.
Email contributed by Susan, April 11, 2008:
Fwd: I need your signature
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.
Does it look like art to you?
But this is not all... the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the
'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel
action for the biennial of 2008.
PLEASE HELP STOP HIM.
It will only take 1 minute to save the life of an innocent creature.
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