Dimecres de so i cos Hamja Ahsan: The People’s Chicken
Coinciding with his stay in Barcelona, invited by the Sâlmon Festival to carry out a residency at the Santa Mònica, the artist, writer, curator and activist Hamja Ahsan offers us a talk and fried chicken tasting about his project Chicken Contemporary. Ahsan takes as a starting point the political use and Islamophobic accusations that popular fast-food places in Britain that serve dishes such as fried chicken receive in order to appropriate their hate speeches and exercise a critique through over-identification and humour. In this particular project he explores the identity, ethics and aesthetics of this dish: he approaches fried chicken as a graphic style, as class struggle, as empire and resistance, and as a means of intervention within art institutions. It also explores the specific role of halal fried chicken in the war on terror, racial and migratory identities, and self-healing.
With the participation of Hamja Ahsan