What do you normally do with pictures that are out of focus. Well, you probably just delete them. Not in this case. There has been a frenzy over the 15 years old chimpanzee called “Mikki” and his take on the photography.
Mikki was trained to take photos by contemporary artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid after they discovered the primate at the Moscow Circus. He was encouraged to take pictures with a Polaroid before he switched to an analogue camera and then began to use an antique one.
His blurred interpretation of the city’s Red Square are to form part of an exhibition called Our Moscow Through The Eyes Of Mikki.
Collectors are expected to go bananas when they are auctioned by Sotheby’s for between £50,000 to £70,000. The auction house’s curator of contemporary art, Suad Garayeva, said it was surprising for the artists to see Mikki taking the pictures as he could clearly see the resemblance to what was in front of him.
The images are part of a larger collection by Komar and Melamid called Collaboration With Animals and which questions human superiority.
The project started in 1978 with a drawing by a dog and carried on into the 1990s with paintings created with elephants.
The Sotheby’s auction takes place in London on June 5.