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NYC Museum To Feature Dogfighting Footage As 'Art'

There's also an "arena" where live reptiles will kill each other — and people aren't happy.

Published On 09/22/2017
Close to Home

NYC Museum To Feature Dogfighting Footage As 'Art'

There's also an "arena" where live reptiles will kill each other — and people aren't happy.

Published On 09/22/2017

#TortureIsNotArt!!! Please repost and let's make some 🥊 (UPDATE: petition linked in my bio!). This WTF moment is brought to you by the @guggenheim. They are about to open an exhibit on Chinese contemporary art, and according to the @nytimes, one of their pieces is a seven-minute video (from 2003) with eight dogs on treadmills, facing each other, “one of (the artists’) less radical pieces”. I haven’t been able to see the video, but read several descriptions. Apparently the dogs (claimed to be pit bulls but the photos I saw showed a variety of mixes, including a female who had clearly been bred recently) are harnessed onto treadmills, then a cardboard barrier is lifted and the dogs face each other, “attempt to attack the ones they face, but they manage only to activate the treadmills, on which they run nonstop”. NY Times wrote: “The camera closes in on the animals as they face each other, running at high speed. The dogs are prevented from touching one another, a frustrating experience for animals trained to fight. The dogs get wearier and wearier, their muscles more and more prominent, and their mouths increasingly salivate”. 👉👉👉 Please, join my #TortureIsNotArt #GuggenheimTortureIsNotArt campaign (make sure to tag @Guggenheim), and help spread the message that we don’t want to see living creatures being tortured for entertainment. 👉👉👉 contact the Guggenheim Museum: 212 423 3500, email community@guggenheim.org. 👉👉👉 sign the petition in my bio . The piece is from 2003, so most likely none of these dogs are still alive. I don’t know if they were fighting dogs, so it bugs me that NY Times goes straight to that assumption just because they are "pit bulls", but that’s the least of my worries. I am pretty open-minded, and being an artist I understand the importance of expression, pushing boundaries, etc. Since yesterday I have tried to “see their side”, before posting this. But I have come to the conclusion that if you cannot spread your message without torturing living creatures, you’ve missed the point of creation entirely. In a way, I hope this is a publicity stunt from the Guggenheim… and we are about to give them publicity. 👎🙌 (check my Facebook post for links)

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