Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?

Zheng Bo
2021.01.30 - 2021.03.14
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Zheng Bo’s exhibition entitled Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy? is inspired by the thought-provoking TED talk, “Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?” by Jon Jandai, a farmer from north-eastern Thailand and an activist for sustainable living. The artist creates his project by reflecting upon the ecological paradox: life on earth is supposed to be both easy and hard. However, as human beings, we often make our lives easy at the expense of other organisms in nature.

Zheng’s original work was first presented at Thailand Biennale Krabi in 2018. Upon learning that the local Orchid Grower Community Enterprise has been cultivating orchids and putting them back into nature to replace those stolen ones, Zheng was inspired to create botanical slogans by growing native orchid species of Thailand.

This evolving exhibition in Hong Kong will take place at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Here the artist works with the resident ecologist, growing the installation from a selection of local orchid species. Zheng’s botanical sketch collection will also be on display at the Art House.

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Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?

Currently residing on the beautiful island of Lantau, Zheng Bo has been working closely with a variety of plants, creating some amazing ecological artworks over the years.

Event Information

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Walter Kerr Gardens and Art House

2021.01.30 – 03.14 

  • Valid KFBG admission ticket is required. Please visit KFBG website for detailed admission fees.
  • Admission fees shall be waived for registered participants of JCNAP guided tours. Details to be announced soon.

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