“Green Snake: women-centred ecologies” at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

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“Inexperienced Snake: women-centred ecologies” is a gaggle exhibition that explores the connections between artwork and ecology within the context of rising temperatures and excessive climate occasions. Gathering greater than 30 artists and collectives from 20 international locations, the exhibition presents over 60 works that draw on mythologies and world views with girls at their coronary heart with a purpose to discover potentialities for different ecological relationships and picture different futures.

At its core, “Inexperienced Snake: women-centred ecologies” factors to extractive economies on the root of our ecological crises—economies that deal with nature as reserves of sources for exploitation. Such economics of extraction have a protracted historical past that’s intertwined with the historical past of settler-colonialism and imperialism. The results have been devastating: the suppression of Indigenous in addition to different non-capitalist cultures and information methods in addition to the desolation of nature within the pursuit of limitless progress. Right now, the harmful results of a single-pointed give attention to revenue and progress are extra broadly recognised, because the impunity with which this has destroyed worlds and unfold toxicity and air pollution in its wake is now ensuing within the collapse of ecosystems, together with accelerating local weather change.

Some artists in “Inexperienced Snake” discover histories of such devastation and extraction, whereas different artists look notably on the information methods which have been marginalised or suppressed. Moderately than unfolding a bleak, dystopian view, “Inexperienced Snake” asks what various narratives are activated by means of artists’ visions that remember nature as an all-encompassing and generative drive— lots of them grounded in notions of care and interrelationship which are central to ecofeminism. This labour of care is the truth is important to the replica of existence, and this has been undervalued in articulated patriarchal and imperial methods throughout broad geographies. On this method, “Inexperienced Snake” seeks to current works by artists drawing on and revitalising numerous cosmological methods in relation to ecology and women-centred information.

The exhibition title refers each to the celebrated historic Chinese language folktale about two demon sisters, White Snake and Inexperienced Snake, and to mythological serpentine figures throughout cultures which are related to nature’s capability to shed skins, remodel and re-awaken. Within the eighth-century folktale Madame White Snake, the sister determine of Inexperienced Snake strongly represents girls’s company, sisterhood and gender fluidity—and has been broadly reinterpreted in modern literature and cinema. At one other degree, within the exhibition, the snake’s sinuous curves echo the geomorphology of river methods and the very important vitality of the water flowing by means of them. Certainly, a sequence of artists within the exhibition have longstanding analysis pursuits in particular river ecosystems and of their related mythologies. Dialogues between works rooted in numerous geographies testify to parallel struggles and to parallel practices of empathy and take care of non-human existence. The determine of an all-encompassing circle of planetary and cosmic renewal emerges in a symphonic name for a radical reorientation of the human inside the entire.

Tai Kwun Up to date presents a sequence of excursions in collaboration with the researcher and curator Anqi Li, the author Coco Shen, the artist and educator Morgan Wong, the architectural designer Human Wu and the environmental educator Yeungs.

at Tai Kwun Up to date, Hong Kong
till April 1, 2024

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