Ota Benga, 2018

Oil on canvas / 78.75 x 71.5 inches Aldikhaiiry honors the memory of Ota Benga, a pygmy who in 1906 was housed with primates and put on display as an example of an evolutionarily inferior race at the New York city Bronx zoo. On March 20, 1916, Ota Benga took a gun and fired a bullet into his own heart, ending the short and tragic life of the “missing link” from Africa.