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Koen Vanmechelen and the Via Via Joker Travellers Cafés combine efforts in Uganda

Artist Koen Vanmechelen and ViaVia Joker Travellers Cafés joined forces in Entebbe. The initiative follows Vanmechelen’s visit to the Via Via in Uganda last summer. The artist was so enchanted by the region’s beauty and the contact with the local people that he decided to team up with the ViaVia in Entebbe for an ambitious art-community-science project.

Together they built one of the artist’s giant Cosmogolem statues and introduced sustainable chickens to local households through Vanmechelen’s Planetary Community Chicken Project. The project aims to address global challenges to sustainable food systems through diversity and activate the power of creativity as motor for development.

"With this collaboration, we combine art, food, and children rights for a more just and sustainable world."

— Koen Vanmechelen

The collaboration between Koen Vanmechelen and the ViaVia Joker Travellers Cafés kicked-off officially on January 4, 2023 at the ViaVia Entebbe with the artist's opening talk 'This is not a Chicken' in the presence of the community and founder and global director of the ViaVia Joker Traveller Cafés Bob Elsen.

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