Zheng Bo

Visual Art, Sculpture, Film

An ecoqueer artist of ethnic Bai heritage whose work spans drawing, dance and film.

Zheng Bo's practice cultivates kinship with plants: ferns in Taiwan, moss in Scandinavia, beech trees in Germany, an umbrella thorn acacia in the Arabian Desert. For them, art does not arise from human creativity, but more-than-human intimacy. They live in a village on Lantau Island. Guided by Daoist wisdom, they work with both human and nonhuman dancers to grow weedy gardens, biophilia films, and ecosocialist gatherings. Their ecological practice contributes to an emergent planetary indigeneity.

Past exhibitions include institutional solos at Gropius Bau (Berlin) and Göteborgs Konsthall (Gothenburg); public commissions at Somerset House (London), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai) and Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai); and participation in the 59th Venice Biennale. Their works are in the collections of Tate (London), Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Art Museum, and Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).

Zheng Bo created a large scale site specific and participatory installation in Somerset House's courtyard. 'Bamboo As Method', Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, 22 Feb - 28 Apr 2024.

Bamboo As Method (2024), Somerset House
Pteridophilia (2016), Liverpool Biennial
Samur (2023), Jameel Arts Centre
Märta Mossa (2023), Göteborgs Konsthall

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Bamboo As Method 29 Feb 2024

Artist Zheng Bo explores the restorative nature of creating artworks with plants.