Zheng Bo will discuss his practice and thinking on cultivating ecological wisdom in the age of Anthropocene extinction. He has been drawing plant neighbors daily on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. He engaged in conversations with scientists during his residency in Berlin in 2020 and made an experimental film titled “The Political Life of Plants.” He has been collecting and designing “Ecosensibility Exercises.” He continues to organize workshops to collectively envision more-than-human futures.
ZHENG Bo (b. 1974, Beijing) lives and works on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Committed to more-than-human vibrancy, he investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. He grows weedy gardens, living slogans, eco-queer films, and wanwu workshops to cultivate ecological wisdom beyond the Anthropocene extinction.
His works are in the collections of Power Station of Art in Shanghai, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Art Museum, and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions in 2021 include: Wanwu Council, Gropius Bau, Berlin; You are the 0.01%, Schering Stiftung, Berlin; Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong.He participated in Liverpool Biennial (2021), Yokohama Triennale (2020), Manifesta (2018), Taipei Biennial (2018), and Shanghai Biennial (2016).
Zheng Bo studied with Douglas Crimp and received his PhD from the Graduate Program in Visual & Cultural Studies, University of Rochester. He taught at China Academy of Art from 2010 to 2013, and currently teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, where he leads the Wanwu Practice Group.
Organised by Dr Wenny Teo (The Courtauld) in association with London Asian Contemporary Art – LACA.