The story behind the mask
Photo © Lies Willaert
‘This is not a chicken’ carries the content of artist Koen Vanmechelen's life long work. The reference to Rene Magritte's famous 'ceci n'est pas une pipe' is no coincidence.
Vanmechelen's Cosmopolitan Chicken Project started 25 years ago as a metaphor for creating a vital and healthy society. It reveals the implications of our increased domestication and visualizes the importance of diversity. Over the years, it has had to break through many barriers. From international borders and mental walls to compulsory quarantine and chicken flu.
Since its inception nearly twenty years ago, the art work has been shown in exhibitions all over the world. It has also attracted growing interest among scientists from various disciplines, resulting in a wide range of cross disciplinary projects and collaborations. From Zimbabwe to Chile, from global open farms and LABIOMISTA to Human Rights CosmoCafes. Together, they reflect on the global legacy of the human animal and explore the different ways we choose to live and evolve together.
Now more then ever, the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project serves as a mirror for our society.
It is the perfect symbol to carry this global movement.
The four masks, created by Vanmechelen, all reference an iconic Cosmopolitan Chicken Project - artwork;
Dive into the wonderful world of artist Koen Vanmechelen and his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project