Francisco Trêpa | Memorial (to Harambe) | 2021 | Mixed medium | 84x152 cm.
This painting makes reference to the death of Harambe, a famous gorilla from the Cincinatti Zoo in the USA, when a child fell in his enclosure. Harambe was killed by the institution that excelled in demonstrating power over endangered species, and instead of reassuring him, they killed him. His death had a great impact on social media, news and his fans in general. His statue was filled with flowers, thus serving as a memorial to his death. This case is presented in the artist's dissertation, as a significant case of the challenges that zoos entail in the century. XXI. Raising the following question: What is being conserved in a Zoo, when an endangered species is killed by the institution itself.
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