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Koen Vanmechelen

An internationally renowned artist, working across a multitude of disciplines, Koen Vanmechelen (1965) is one of the most versatile thinkers of these times. His ground-breaking work deals with biocultural diversity. Central to his oeuvre is the chicken, which, through his projects, is revealed as both an artwork and a metaphor for society. By bringing together and exploring the interplay between art, science and communities, Vanmechelen examines the way that we choose to live and evolve. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt and in 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Nica Hybrid Art Award.

Featured Works

Book of Genome, 3 Leather bound books of comparative DNA sequence, 8 x 35 x 31 cm (2016)

Modified Spaces, Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (CN), 2011