ZHENG Bo is an artist, writer, and teacher, committed to socially and ecologically engaged art. He investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. He is learning to cultivate ecological wisdom for a Good Anthropocene.
He has worked with a number of museums and art spaces in Asia and Europe, most recently Parco Arte Vivente (Torino), TheCube Project Space (Taipei), Villa Vassilieff (Paris), Cass Sculpture Foundation (Goodwood), Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing), and Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2018 his works have been included in Manifesta 12, Cosmopolis #1.5, the 11th Taipei Biennial, the 2nd Yinchuan Biennial, and the 1st Thailand Biennial.
He taught at China Academy of Art from 2010 to 2013, and currently teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. In 2016, he received Commendation for outstanding achievements in the development of arts and culture from Secretary for Home Affairs, Hong Kong SAR Government.
February-March 2019, Hong Kong
April 6-11, Taiwan
late May, Kyoto
N. J. Giradot, James Miller, and Liu Xiaogan eds., Daoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson, The Ants
Hiro Arikawa, The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman
David Quammen, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind
Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
Octavia Butler, Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1
Octavia Butler, Kindred
Octavia Butler, Wild Seed
Saint Francis of Assisi “asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.” (Pope Francis, Laudato si', 2015)