The installation Leaving Paradise houses the Red Junglefowl, the first chicken from which all domestic chickens are descended. These proto-chickens are now on the brink of extinction, protected but imprisoned by their paradise. The Junglefowl’s cousins became an evolutionary success when they were domesticated: human altered chicken, chicken altered human. Now the chicken is a cosmopolitan ambassador of the interplay of culture, art, and biology, a living testament of the force of biocultural diversity. Leaving paradise by breaking the cage is the only way leading to paradise.
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