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Zheng Bo

Artist in residence, Stockholm, June 24 – August 27, 2023

Zheng Bo is an ecoqueer artist of ethnic Bai heritage. Through drawing, dance, and film, they create aesthetic, erotic, and political relationships with plants. Bo resides in a village on the south side of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Guided by Daoist wisdom, they cultivate wild gardens, living slogans, biophilia, and ecosocialist gatherings. These diverse and intertwined projects constitute a garden where they collaborate with both human and non-human thinkers and activists. Their ecological artistic practice contributes to the emergence of planetary indigeneity.

Photo: Kwan Sheung Chi

Zheng Bo

During their IASPIS residency, they will continue to develop ”Le Sacre du printemps,” a dance-based film project they started working on in 2021. The first chapter of the film was shown at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

In 2023, Zheng Bo is working on the commission ”Artist’s Garden” at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai and three public botanical works outside the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. In 2022, they presented a forest dance film titled ”Le Sacre du printemps” at the 59th Venice Biennale.[1]  In 2021, they staged ”Wanwu Council” at Gropius Bau in Berlin and ”Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?” at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong. They have participated in the Sydney Biennale (2022), Liverpool Biennial (2021), Yokohama Triennale (2020), Manifesta (2018), Taipei Biennial (2018), and Shanghai Biennial (2016). Zheng Bo studied with Douglas Crimp and received their doctoral degree from the Graduate Program in Visual & Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.