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Online Video: JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power — Zheng Bo "Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?" Artist Talk

Event info (Free Admission)

Running from Jan to March 2021, Zheng Bo’s exhibition entitled Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy? will be held at Kardooie Farm and Botantic Garden. The work is inspired by the thought-provoking TED talk, “Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?” by Jon Jandai, a farmer from north-eastern Thailand and an activist for sustainable living. The artist creates his project by reflecting upon the ecological paradox: life on earth is supposed to be both easy and hard. However, as human beings, we often make our lives easy at the expense of other organisms in nature.

Zheng’s work was previously presented at Thailand Biennale Krabi in 2018. Upon learning that the local Orchid Grower Community Enterprise has been cultivating orchids and putting them back into nature to replace those stolen ones, Zheng was inspired to create botanical slogans by growing native orchid species of Thailand.

The artist will share his creative concepts and will have discussion with Ecologist Stephan W. Gale and writer Human Ip on the relationship between humans, plants and the environment.

Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Funded by: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Programme Partner: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Zheng Bo (Artist)
Dr. Stephan W. Gale (Senior Ecologist (Flora Conservation) of Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden)
Human Ip (Writer of In Search of Flowers)
Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned to JCNAP’s Facebook

Fee: Free admission

Inquiries: Ms. Lau, Education Dept / 2483 7276 /


About speakers

Beijing-born artist Zheng Bo is now a resident on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. He received a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and has been teaching at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong since 2013.

Zheng Bo gets inspirations from his multi-role as an art maker, a researcher and a teacher. His art is a long social and ecological engagement. Committed to multispecies vibrancy, he revisits the past and envisages the future through the eyes of the marginalised communities and plants. He creates weedy gardens, living slogans, and eco-queer films.

He has worked with a number of museums and art spaces in Asia and Europe, most recently Gropius Bau in Berlin, Kunsthalle Lissabon in Lisbon, and Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery; while his works are included in the collection of Hammer Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art. His projects are featured in Manifesta, the Taipei Biennial and the Shanghai Biennale.

Dr. Stephan W. Gale,
Senior Ecologist (Flora Conservation) of Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. He leads KFBG’s Orchid Conservation Section (OCS), providing direction in both orchid science and horticulture. OCS is a team of eleven scientists, technicians and horticulturalists whose principle aim is to improve the conservation status of threatened orchids and their habitats in Hong Kong and the wider Indo-Burma region. To achieve this, they implement a workflow that links field surveys, taxonomy and systematics, status assessment, prioritisation, ecological research, ex situ conservation, capacity-building and reintroduction.

Human Ip, an illustrator, writer, and artist. Ip graduated from Department of Chinese, Lingnan University. Ip won the novel champion for Youth Literary Awards in open category. Apart from plant -related work, Ip is also a painter and writer, her painting and literary works have published in various newspapers and magazines. Published books included, picture book To Say a Word of Love and the short story collection Kill the Bandits, and illustrations for the poetry works Chinese Poems from Provence and Hong Kong Poetry. Ip loves the nature and enjoys nature writing in recent years. Related publications include In Search of Flowers and In Search of Flowers 2 in 2014 and 2016. 


About JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power

JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power, launched in 2017, is an annual Arts Festival presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council with the funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The Festival brings together established and emerging local artists to produce creative, approachable and engaging arts experiences for all. Over the past three years, 38 arts groups have participated in the Festival. Together they produced 72 live performances and a remarkable number of major exhibitions. Uniting art groups and various organisations from the social welfare, academic and commercial sectors, the festival held over 450 community and school events, reaching some 380,000 participants. JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power 2020 / 2021 is held from September 2020 to January 2021, featuring a total of 9 selected programmes that include dance, theatre, music, Xiqu, multimedia and visual arts exhibition, as well as presenting more than 100 community and school activities.