Bushman Has a New Tire

Format: 70×50 cm
Print recto verso
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2013

Bushman was one of the first gorillas who lived in captivity and described in 1950 by Time magazine as “the best known and most popular civic figure in Chicago”. Confined for two decades in an empty cage, where the only furniture was a seat and some car tires, one from an armoured Mercedes that had belonged to Adolf Hitler, Bushman was a popular subject, capable of attracting millions of visitors to the Lincoln Park Zoo. ”. He died on New Year’s Day in 1951, and thousands of people filed past his empty cage for many weeks.

Produced for Smog a Los Angeles, curated by Elfi Turpin, CRAC Alsace Altkirch, France;  27 October 2013–26 January 2014