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The Last surviving Northern White Rhinoceros

Sculptural and sound installation, 2021, 415 x 206 x 206 cm

Out of more than 120 species of rhinoceroses that have existed on earth, today there are five species left. The Northern White rhinoceros is the next to disappear, with only two individuals still alive - a mother and a daughter - which will, inevitably, ultimately perish and consequently become extinct. The sculptural and sound installation consists of a large wooden crate containing the last surviving Northern White rhinoceros in the world. Contemplating traditions of exploitation, supremacism and entertainment, the work offers visitors an exclusive and privileged opportunity to look through the peeping hole and listen to the heavy breathing and confused moaning of the unique beast, bidding farewell and spending intimate moments with the living-dead animal before it leaves our world forever.

Installed in Palazzo Ajutamicristo and Palazzo Butera, Palermo, Italy. Realised in the context of ‘Room to Bloom: Palermo Living Pavilion’, in collaboration with Studio Rizoma. Co-Funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Curator: Marcela Caldas. Carpentry: Jesse Gagliardi, Riccardo Brugnone, Vittorio Pitrelli. Sound design: Yair Elazar Glotman.

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