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Good art stirs emotion: Vargas' starving dog

By samanthaorwell on April 10, 2008 - 1:50pm


In 2007 Guillermo Vargas (aka Habacuc) illegedly starved a dog to death in the name of art. He found a sickly dog on the streets of Managua, Nicaragua and tied it to a short leash in the corner of a gallery. Across the room was a kettle of food, left inaccessible. The dog slowly died of hunger and thirst. Vargas is going to represent Costa Rica in the Bienal Cenroamericana Honduras 2008. There is currently a petition.

You can watch the starving dog, anti-Vargas, video in Spanish (notice the title of the work is “eres lo que lees” which means “you are what you read” is spelled out in dog food). One picture in the video also shows a full gallery of people who pay no attention to the starving dog (I don’t know if that was a staged photo).

Tibet media coverage biased

By samanthaorwell on April 1, 2008 - 1:03am

Glenn Bohn of The Vancouver Sun wrote “Tibet coverage ‘twisted, biased’” yesterday.

Basically, it says that Western media has been biased and given twisted coverage of Tibet protest. It mentions that most media images come from Westerners and/or tourists taking sensational videos, photos, or cell phone pics in the heat of protest. Western media heavily relies on these images to stir their columns and news stories.

On the other hand, “viewers of Chinese-language TV news broadcasts see the more of the "dark side and violence of the riots," including assaults against ethnic Chinese in Tibet. The Chinese news media also interviewed injured ethnic Chinese in hospitals.”

Our well-known SingTao Daily, privately owned Chinese newspaper run out of Vancouver, says that Western media are critical of ALL non-western governments, not only Communist China, and shouldn’t really take undue offense, saying that it doesn’t mean that Western countries, or specifically Canada, is breaking “friendly relations” with China.

I’m glad they brought this up. I am a huge fan of articles that show some reflexivity in discourse.

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