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Pteridophilia

Artist: Zheng Bo b.1974
video | video | 2016

Section: Garden of Flows Pteridophilia explores eco-queer potential. Seven young men walk into a forest in Taiwan and engage in intimate contact with ferns. They make love with the plants, sensing each other’s textures, aromas, and pleasures. They rely on bodies rather than language to initiate affective relations. Ferns are abundant in Taiwan. They have been cherished by indigenous tribes, but overlooked by Japanese colonialists and immigrants from the mainland. Only when we extend our imagination can we learn to appreciate the complex existence of all living things. Only then will we learn to live more intelligently on this planet.

Exhibitions

Manifesta 12 | 2018.06.18 - 2018.11.04 | Chiesa dei SS Euno e Giuliano(Italy) | Oratorio della “Madonna Rifugio dei Peccatori Pentiti”(Italy) | Oratorio di San Lorenzo(Italy) | Orto Botanico(Italy) | Palazzo Ajutamicristo(Italy) | Palazzo Butera(Italy) | Palazzo Costantino(Italy) | Palazzo Forcella De Seta(Italy) | Palazzo Trinacria(Italy)
Liverpool Biennial - The Stomach and the Port | 2020.07.11 - 2020.10.25 | Bluecoat(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Cotton Exchange Building(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Exchange Flags(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Liverpool Central Library(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | National Museums Liverpool(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Open Eye Gallery(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | St George's Hall(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Tate Liverpool(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom) | Victoria Gallery & Museum(Liverpool (England), United Kingdom)

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