Andrea Connor is a writer and academic working at Western Sydney University. She writes and publishes across the interrelated fields of urban and cultural geography. She has an abiding fascination with the ibis and is currently working with Paul Allatson on a project exploring the cultural phenomenon of the bin chicken.
Bin chicken wonder
GR OnlineWhile often playful and ironic, the bin chicken phenomenon has a more serious side. Like an ‘animal familiar’, the humble ibis is helping us navigate changing times, including the question of who belongs and who does not in modern Australia. A vast array of bin chicken merch celebrates a decidedly kitsch Aussie aesthetic that champions a working-class or bogan sensibility.