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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 of this have been devastating. They include the suppression of Indigenous and other non-capitalist knowledge systems, as well the desolation in nature of the pursuit of unlimited 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”Some artists explore the history of such destruction and extraction, while others focus on knowledge systems that were marginalised or repressed. Rather than presenting a grim, dystopian picture, “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 is vital to the reproduction of life, but has been undervalued across patriarchal systems and imperial systems. This is how. “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. In a symphonic cry for a radical reorientation within the whole, the figure of an all-encompassing circular of planetary and cosmological renewal emerges.
Tai Kwun Contemporary is pleased to present a series tours in collaboration between the researcher and curator Anqi LI, the writer Coco Wong, Morgan Wong the artist and educator, Human Wu the architectural designer, and Yeungs the environmental educator.
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