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"<a href="https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/artist/37/artwork/cordon-sanitario">“Cordón Sanitario”  </a>" by David Kitler | Canada
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“Cordón Sanitario”

Wallhanging by David Kitler
Dimensions:
24.00" H x 42.00" W
Medium:
Acrylic
Year Completed:
2018
Subject(s):
Gull and pelican, iguana, whales, shark pup
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Artist will donate 15% to Shark Research Institute from sale of this work.
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Price: $9,000 USD
“Cordon sanitaire” is a French term referring to “a barrier implemented to stop the spread of disease”. In English it has been used in a metaphorical sense referring to attempts at preventing the spread of an unwanted ideology. Both definitions apply, but I chose the Spanish translation since this fallen sign stood sentinel at the edge of a protected area in Mexico. In stark contrast to the safety found inside this sanctuary, was the “ring of filth” that appeared as I neared its extremities, culminating mere meters away from this boundary marker with one of the most flagrant examples of waste and destructiveness I have witnessed - shark finning. In the makeshift fish camp straddling the border of the refuge I found this still writhing shark (and its dead siblings) set aside to be used as bait to attract the next of their kin. I surreptitiously transferred this pup into the blood-tinged waters of the Sea of Cortez for a first swim – the still visible umbilical cord indicating its premature removal from its mother’s womb.

 

 

“Cordón Sanitario”   | Wallhanging by David Kitler | Artists for Conservation 2018