“Green Snake: women-centred ecologies” at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

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“Green Snake: women-centred ecologies”The group exhibition explores connections between art, ecology and extreme weather in the contexts of rising temperatures and extreme events. The exhibition, which brings together over 30 artists and collectives in 20 countries, presents 60 works that are inspired by mythologies and worldviews with women at the center. This is to explore other ecological relationships and imagine alternative futures.

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 were devastating: the suppression and destruction of Indigenous cultures, non-capitalist systems of knowledge and other noncapitalist cultures in pursuit of limitless economic 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. Instead of presenting an ominous, dystopian outlook, “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 way, “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 that occur between works rooted across different geographies reveal parallel struggles as well as parallel practices of care and empathy for nonhuman existence. In a symphonic appeal for a radical change in the human’s relationship to the world, the figure of a circle of planetary renewal and cosmic renewal is revealed.

Tai Kwun Contemporary presents tours in collaboration with the researcher Anqi Li and curator Morgan Wong. The architectural designer Human Wu, the writer Coco Wong and the environmental educator Yeungs will also be taking part.

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until April 1, 2024

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