Costa Rican artiste Guillermo Habacuc Vargas is making headlines for tying a dog from the street in an art gallery as part of an exhibit to starve it to death. The title of his exhibit "Eres Lo Que Lee" was written across the gallery in dry dog food. The food and a bowl of water were both out of the dog's reach. Eventually the animal died of starvation. The artist claimed the dog was sick and would have died anyways.
Now Vargas has been selected to represent Costa Rica in Visual Arts Biennel of Central Americas 2008. The organizers have invited him to repeat his installation.
Animal cruelty is never acceptable, even in the name of art. In my opinion, Vargas should be facing criminal charges for torturing and killing an animal. Why should his work go rewarded at this upcoming art event?
You can sign this online petition to try to stop him from doing it again.