Tour 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 Botanic 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.
Participants will learn about the installation works of Zheng Bo’s Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy? Exhibition, take a look at the artist’s botanical sketch collection, as well as getting to know the various local species at the Orchid Green House. Through a relaxing 90-min journey, participants can know more about creative concepts behind the artworks, characteristics of different species and understand the importance of ecological balance.
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Funded by: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Programme Partner: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
A: 21 Feb 2021 (Sun) 11:00 (Previewed by KFBG Members)
C: 28 Feb 2021 (Sun) 11:00
D: 6 Mar 2021 (Sat) 11:00, 14:00
E: 7 Mar 2021 (Sun) 14:00
Conducted in English
F: 28 Feb 2021 (Sun) 14:00 (Previewed by KFBG Members)
G: 7 Mar 2021 (Sun) 11:00
In light of the latest COVID-19 situation, the date and time of guided tours are subject to change. Please stay tuned for the latest updates on JCNAP’s website before visiting.
Meeting Point: Entrance of Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Duration: around 90 minutes
Fee: Free Admission
Language: Cantonese / English
Application: Please submit the application form by online registration. All applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deadline for application: Three days before each tour session
Inquiries: Ms. Lau, Education Dept / 2483 7276 / email@example.com
About Zheng Bo
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. 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.
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.
- Admission fees shall be waived for registered participants of JCNAP guided tours. Details to be announced soon.
- In light of the latest COVID-19 situation, the exhibition date is subject to change. Please stay tuned for the latest updates on our website before visiting.
- Hong Kong Arts Development Council reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programmes.