Koen Vanmechelen and MOUTH Foundation send 10 000 MOUTH Masks to communities around the globe
May 1, 2020
With his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, an artistic crossbreeding project with chickens from around the globe, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has been learning from the chicken for years. The project is a metaphor of how we, humans, treat this animal and subsequently our planet. His statement “We are the Chicken” has become increasingly evident the last few weeks. After years of being confronted with compulsory fencing for his poultry, we are now quarantining ourselves, the most domesticated species of all.
Vanmechelen’s MOUTH Masks therefor read “This is Not a Chicken”. A volta is possible. It is time to define domestication and work on open physical and mental spaces to create a better society.
The masks are supported by the Mouth Foundation and are distributed to Vanmechelen’s social projects at home and abroad. From the LABIOMISTA farm in Belgium to The Future of Hope in Zimbabwe. Through and thanks to these people, we will set a strong example to protect the other(s).