Thomas Mailaender

  • Pecking order: why Thomas Mailaender is bringing real chickens into a gallery

    Pecking order: why Thomas Mailaender is bringing real chickens into a gallery

    The Guardian, Online May 30, 2014

    I first came across French art prankster Thomas Mailaender's work at the Arles Photography Festival in 2011, when, as part of a group show called From Here On, he presented Chicken Museum.

     

    It comprised a makeshift wooden building where funny or grotesque photographs were displayed, while real live chickens wandered around, pecking at the seed-strewn ground, and occasionally pausing to peruse an image. It was part funny and part disturbing – perhaps a comment on the absurdity or collective idiocy of the traditional art gallery experience?

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