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Brandon Ballengée
Brandon Ballengée, Species Reclamation, Detail of Hymenochirus Colony, 2000

Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Species Reclamation, Detail of Hymenochirus Illustration, 2000
Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Species Reclamation, Detail of a Hymenochirus Morph, 2000
Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Species Reclamation an Attempted H. Curtipes Model, 2000
Brandon Ballengée

Species Reclamation

1999-Ongoing. Photographed at Exit Art in October 2000. Mixed media installation including: 30 live African frog specimens (representative of six generations of genetic colonies), digital prints (documenting the last twenty-four months of the breeding-project), and laptop computer. 10 feet by 25 feet by 8 feet.

In this project I am selectively breeding mixed Hymenochirus species frogs with the intention of surfacing traits of Hymenochirus curtipes, believed to be a threatened or perhaps already extinct species. Hymenochirus family frogs originate in the Congo region of Africa. Overall biodiversity in the Congo is threatened by 'slash and burn' clearing of forests and by increased economic demand for logging. Political chaos and civil turmoil in the newly established Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, has severely retarded biological studies. Data available on the remaining amphibian species in the Congo is inconclusive.

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