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

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“Green Snake: women-centred ecologies”This group exhibition explores the connection between art and ecology, in the contexts of rising temperatures and extreme weather. The exhibition brings together more than 30 artists from 20 countries to present over 60 works. These are based on mythologies, world views and women’s perspectives.

At its core “Green Snake: women-centred ecologies” points to extractive economies at the root of our ecological crises—economies that treat nature as reserves of resources for exploitation. The history of such economics of extractive industries is closely linked to the history of colonialism and empire. The consequences were devastating: the suppression and destruction of Indigenous cultures, non-capitalist systems of knowledge, and other noncapitalist cultures in pursuit of limitless economic growth. Today, the destructive impacts of a single focus on growth and profit are more widely recognized, as this has resulted in the destruction of worlds and the spread of toxicity and pollution.

Some artists in “Green Snake”Other artists focus on the marginalised or suppressed knowledge systems. Instead of presenting a bleak and dystopian vision, “Green Snake” asks what alternative narratives are activated through artists’ visions that celebrate nature as an all-encompassing and generative force— many of them grounded in notions of care and interrelationship that are central to ecofeminism. This labour of caring is essential to the reproduction and survival of existence and has been undervalued by patriarchal and colonial systems in many different geographies. In this way, “Green Snake” seeks to present works by artists drawing on and revitalising diverse cosmological systems in relation to ecology and women-centred knowledge.

The exhibition title refers both to the celebrated ancient Chinese folktale about two demon sisters, White Snake and Green Snake, and to mythological serpentine figures across cultures that are associated with nature’s capacity to shed skins, transform and re-awaken. In the eighth-century folktale Madame White Snake, the sister figure of Green Snake strongly represents women’s agency, sisterhood and gender fluidity—and has been widely reinterpreted in contemporary literature and cinema. At another level, in the exhibition, the snake’s sinuous curves echo the geomorphology of river systems and the vital energy of the water flowing through them. In fact, many of the artists in this exhibition are deeply interested in river ecosystems as well as their mythologies. The dialogues between works from different geographies are a testament to the parallel struggles, and the parallel practices of empathy and caring for non-human life. The figure of a circle of planetary renewal and cosmic renewal is revealed in a symphonic appeal for a radical change of orientation of the human in the world.

Tai Kwun Contemporary presents tours in collaboration with the researcher Anqi Li and curator Morgan Wong. The architectural designer Human Wu, the writer Coco Wong and the environmental educator Yeungs will also be taking part.

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until April 1, 2024


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