Smuggling to Paradise


Installation — Research project, Officina # 1

In the 1980’s, Pablo Escobar, the Colombian mafia capo, constructed a thematic park for his endeavors. 200 exotic animals where hidden in the eccentric place. After his assassination by the police, his animals were left behind to die. The hippos survived and after 17 years they are wandering free in the Magdalena River. This exhibition is a fantastic trip around a surrealistic archive of the facts and the ecological scandal due to governmental measures . A red thread is the fate of Pepe, a hippo that became famous in the press.