Five Chickens is a social minimalist installation. It consists of five live chickens and a wooden 0.5m3 chicken coop. The chicken is primary live-stock in farming, providing both eggs and meat to the diet of a farmers families in developing countries. Similarly chickens played a key-role in our development. Yet in western countries the public eye is primarily on the final products of consumption that chickens can provide. Five Chickens turns the tables and pays homage to the quintessential character of these birds.
During the exhibition the animals were left roaming the exhibition space freely and were continuously present for the entire duration of the event. An unavoidable correlation between the wandering group of hens and the rest of the works in the space was created in the process. As the animals passed by the work one could argue them to be observing visitors. Their clucking hinted to the character of ladies discussing and appreciating what they saw.
After four days the work was removed by the building owner. The reason for this was the fear of external critique concerning an animals well being whilst residing in a facility build for humans instead.
The chickens seemed content up in till the end and are still alive.