Pteridophilia

2016 ongoing

Supported by The 11th Taipei Biennial
Villa Vassilieff and Pernod Ricard Fellowship
and TheCube Project Space

“Pteridophilia” explores the eco-queer potential by connecting queer plants and queer people.

1
Six young ​men walk ​into a forest in Taiwan, making close contact with ferns. They establish emotional and physical relationships with the plants, relying on their bodies rather than words. Ferns are very common in Taiwan​. They​ are valued by ​indigenous ​people but not by Japanese colonists​ or the Nationalists​.

2​
A man makes love to a bird's nest fern​ (Asplenium nidus) and then starts eating it. Zheng reflects on our current moral outlook that it is “natural” to eat plants but “unnatural” to make love to them. Bird's nest fern is a popular delicacy in Taiwan.

3
Zheng collaborates with three local BDSM practitioners who in turn collaborate with three ​fern species​ - green penny fern (Lemmaphyllum microphyllum), flying spider-monkey tree fern (Cyathea spinulosa), and elephant fern (Angiopteris palmiformis)​ - to expand BDSM practice.

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Pteridophilia 1, 2016. Video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.
Pteridophilia 1, 2016. Video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.
Pteridophilia 1, 2016. Video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.
Pteridophilia 1, 2016. Video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.
 
Pteridophilia 2, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 20 min.
Pteridophilia 2, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 20 min.
Pteridophilia 2, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 20 min.
Pteridophilia 2, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 20 min.
 
Pteridophilia 3, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 15 min.
Pteridophilia 3, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 15 min.
Pteridophilia 3, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 15 min.
Pteridophilia 3, 2018. Video (4K, color, sound), 15 min.
 
Installation view at Manifesta 12, Orto Botanico, Palermo, 2018.