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 walked the earth, there are five species that remain today. With only two females left – a mother and a daughter – the northern white rhinoceros is likely the next to become extinct. Contemplating traditions of exploitation, supremacism and entertainment, this sculptural and sound installation offers visitors an opportunity to listen to the heavy breathing and confused moaning of the unique beast, opening up an intimate moment to reflect on and bid farewell to 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.