Bo Zheng, Pteridophilia 2, 2018.



ZHENG Bo is committed to socially and ecologically engaged art. He investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalised communities and marginalised plants. He is learning to cultivate ecological wisdom for a Good Anthropocene.


Plant Sex Workshop (2019)

No, we won’t be talking about how plants have sex (you can read Darwin). Yes, we will be talking about how plants can have sex with us. Don’t tell me this is ridiculous. I’ll prove to you why it’s better to have sex with plants than to kill them and eat them! In this hands-on workshop (all puns intended), we will be reviewing: 1. Which other species on planet Earth are having sex with plants 2. Why Japanese artists in the 19th century only thought about sex between animals and humans 3. How you can practice what sages of our Massive Anthropo Extinction Event – Donna J. Haraway and Anna L. Tsing – preach by a simple act of pleasure?

Watch an excerpt of this performance here (from 06:42).


Read a conversation between Bo Zheng and Aaron Cezar, conducted in advance of the November programme, on My Art Guides.


Bo Zheng’s participation in the performance programme of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art is supported by Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons.

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