The Rhesus Monkey

Jakub Słomkowski

Space Debris

The Rhesus Monkey collage/pencil/ink on paper 2020


Animals have been always helping people crossing their cognitive limitations. Demhikov, who wanted to rescue human life, used to create monsters in the shape of two-head dogs. Laika is today perhaps the most famous cosmonaut, but still the dog took part in the spaceflight against its will. Among plentiful animals sent into space there are also rhesus monkeys participating in Albert programme.


The work is not a portrait of a specific animal but a reflection upon the painful topic regarding a dying, lonely creature in space.