The whimsy of Anne Lemanski’s mixed-media sculpture belies its thought-provoking origins, frequently focused on the complex relationship between humans and animals.
Senkwekwe was one of seven mountain gorillas killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007. Of the nearly eight hundred mountain gorillas assumed alive today, approximately two hundred live in the Virunga National Park. The park is also home to poachers and illegal charcoal producers. These gorilla killings have been directly linked to the charcoal industry. Areas of the park are illegally clear-cut, and valuable, old-growth trees are turned into charcoal. Senkwekwe is made of photos of charcoal printed onto archival paper, pointing to the likely cause of his death.
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