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Vanmechelen, Koen - National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Koen Vanmechelen: Planetary Community Chicken

This August, Belgian artist

Koen Vanmechelen 1965 Sint-Truiden

comes to Harare with an exhibition (06.08.2016 - 31.08.2016) that will make its Africa debut at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Planetary Community Chicken is an installation that serves as a bridge between the interlinking worlds of art and science, this will be facilitated via the transformation of the Courtauld Gallery into a breeding centre with an enduring concept that is as old as the human race. The exhibition will partner with local Social Entrepreneur; Chido Govera, a local food expert who will be facilitating a mushroom project and eggs sale that will go towards the Future of Hope Foundation. The main aim of the Planetary Community Chicken project is firmly rooted in creating a fowl for the grassroots communities all around the world. Poultry flocks have suffered considerably as their gene pools have been becoming prone to desolating recession; coupled with the mass commercialization of the agricultural industrial complex can lead to a diminutive archetype of the species, or when worse comes to worst, extinction! The breeding of an archetypal chicken is a carry forward from Vanmechelen's Cosmopolitan Chicken (Text: National Gallery of Zimbabwe)