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Zheng Bo

1974, China

  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 am - 7 pm

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 am - 8 pm

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Zheng Bo is committed to all-inclusive, multi-species relationships. Through a socially and ecologically engaged art practice, he forges an alternative path that de-emphasises a human-centric worldview and strives instead for interconnectedness between all living beings. He has devoted himself to the study of plants, learning from biology and botany experts while creating art and daily rituals that focus on interspecies care. He makes performance and video art, community workshops, and drawings, in which he pushes standard notions of human-plant coexistence, allowing for imaginative thinking to lead towards what he conceives as a posthuman vibrancy. In his ongoing video and performance series Pteridophilia, which began in 2016, the artist explores the erotic possibilities between plants – specifically ferns – and queer men. Sex occurs in many ways in the works, provocatively moving past the mere sensuous and into climactic acts of pleasure. The eco-sexual curiosities of Pteridophilia were further developed in a film and dance piece, Le Sacre du printemps (Tandvärkstallen) (2021), in which Zheng collaborated with five Nordic male dancers in a forest in Dalarna, Sweden. The troupe cultivated relationships beyond the fern, feeding the collective sexual desires of the pine trees, moss, and one another through touch and movement.

Isabella Achenbach

Production credits

Le Sacre du printemps (Tandvärkstallen), 2022. 4K, color, sound, 16 min
Ecosensibility: Zheng Bo
Producers: Rickard Borgström and Rebecca Chentinell
Dancers: Paolo de Venecia Gile, Andreas Haglund, Mikko Hyvönen, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, and Ossi Niskala
Cinematographer: Adam Nilsson
Postproduction: Wu Ping-Chung

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