Zheng Bo: Dao is in Weeds
Zheng Bo, Suujin Study Room, Installation views. Photos by Takeru Koroda

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Zheng Bo: Dao is in Weeds

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA held a solo exhibition of the influential artist Zheng Bo. Based on careful research into historical facts and social phenomena, Zheng creates artworks to contemplate the future, working together with plants, especially weeds.

Zheng conducted research in Kyoto in January and March 2019. He visited Suujin, an area east of Kyoto Station with a long activist history centered on the idea of equality, where Kyoto City University of Arts will be relocated to. He was enchanted by Suujin, where the situation is changing every day in the midst of the city’s redevelopment efforts and the impending relocation of the university. He decided to create a project to imagine a more ecological future for this area, centered on equality for all species. He grew this project in collaboration with a group of activists, artists, architects, anthropologists, and ecologists who are already living or working in Suujin. In the exhibition, Zheng created an installation based on this research.

The Chinese title of the exhibition “道在稊稗” (Dao is in Weeds) is a passage from Zhuangzi. It appears in the scene where Zhuang Zhou is faced with a question “Where does Dao exist?” and he explains “Dao is ubiquitous, and all embracing.” Everything in nature – not just human agency – is equally valuable. Through his work, Zheng ponders: how should we, who are deeply entangled in the geological epoch of the “Anthropocene,” reposition ourselves in Earth’s ecosystems, and what kind of futures do we want to create, for all beings?

Artists
Zheng Bo
Venue
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Rooms
@KCUA 1, 2, Gallery B
Dates
2019.6.1 Sat.2019.7.15 Mon.
Curated by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
With additional funding from
Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences
Japan Arts Council
With the cooperation of
The Bank of Yanagihara Memorial Museum
Contact

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Phone: +81-(0)75-253-1509
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Installation Views

  • Zheng Bo, Suujin Study Room, Installation views. Photos by Takeru Koroda
  • Zheng Bo, Pteridophilia 2, Installation view. Photo by Takeru Koroda
  • Zheng Bo, Pteridophilia 4, Installation view. Photo by Takeru Koroda
  • Zheng Bo, Fern as Method, Installation views. Photos by Takeru Koroda
  • Zheng Bo, Survival Manual I and Survival Manual II, Installation views. Photos by Takeru Koroda

Related Events

Events

Lecture by Zheng Bo: Socially Engaged Art in Post-Socialist China

China has experienced dramatic changes over the past four decades – while the country is becoming more affluent, it is also facing complex social issues. Through powerful art, a number of Chinese artists have responded to these issues, especially the environment, livelihood, and education. The speaker discussed a number of projects that are substantial and representative of this exciting field. The focus of this talk was not only on why the artists initiated these projects, but also on how they developed their ideas, overcame challenges, and pushed artistic boundaries.

Venue: Kyoto City of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Date: Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 3:00 PM

 

Zheng Bo: Dao is in Weeds – Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Venue: Kyoto City of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 3:00 PM