With Jack Broeders
Greetings from your good friend Bokito’ is a series of portraits Jack Broeders and I work on intermittently. Since 2016, we put ourselves in Bokito’s shoes, to write personal messages to his alleged friends. Bokito becomes our alter ego, but he’s not human, he is a silverback gorilla.
Bokito gained notoriety after he broke out of a zoo, in the Netherlands. He became somewhat of a celebrity – even making it into the national dictionary. The word Bokito nowadays means someone who behaves macho.
More and more people are acting out their inner Bokito these days. In our drawings, we portray the Bokito in public figures, and sometimes in ourselves. Bokito exemplifies the primal aspects of modern human life.
Historically, animals play an important role in politics – from Chinese pandas to the British monkeys of Gibraltar. Bokito is also diplomatic asset. He helps us come to terms with what lies underneath our thin layer of civility.
Bokito has it all worked out. Bokito hates modesty and charity, including fennel tea drinkers, and knitting environmentalists. Alpha-males, chest drummers, boasters, these are his comrades. For these birds of a feather he draws his pen – to send a greeting, a high five, or a box.
Bokito sends his greetings exclusively as A2 self-portraits, and postcards.