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Garden of Six Seasons debuts at HK’s Para Site

Andrew Thomas Huang, Kiss of the Rabbit God, 2019, single-channel video, 14’. Courtesy of the artist

Hong Kong’s Para Site will be launching a large-scale group exhibition, Garden of Six Seasons, curated by Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator at Para Site. The show will brings together works by artists from Hong Kong, mainland China, as well as the rest of the world, and is open from Saturday 16 May to Sunday 30 August. The exhibition will act as a precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale 2020, of which Costinas is serving as this year’s artistic director and Para Site as the institutional partner.

Mirroring the Kathmandu Triennale 2020, Garden of Six Seasons takes place across multiple venues, Para Site’s two floors and a larger exhibition space at Soho House Hong Kong, which expands the narrative while increasing its accessibility. Reaching out to a wider community and audience, Para Site will curate a series of digital programmes alongside the exhibition which include a VR viewing room, video tours and live panel discussions with the curator and exhibiting artists.

The event is named after an English-style garden built by the Nepalese King 100 years ago in Kathmandu, and refers to the six seasons traditionally observed in the Kathmandu Valley, before climate change rendered obsolete the distinction between six separate seasons.

The exhibition brings together multiple aesthetic and cosmological lineages active today and discusses appropriate frameworks for their understanding, including paubha painting in Nepal, or ink in East Asia, as well as other languages marginalised by a Eurocentric canon. Looking beyond these dominant art canons, the exhibition also includes a genealogy of map-making, from the depiction of the whole universe to the
inner human body (sometimes in the same map), instruments for navigating the Earth and healing the body. Garden of Six Seasons is crucially interested in indigenous knowledge that is active and subversive, working towards the upending of patriarchal structures and dominant national frameworks, creating a new global solidarity of places and communities of resistance.

Participating Artists: Pacita Abad, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Bibhusan Basnet & Pooja Gurung, Chang En-Man, Mae Clark, Mary Dhapalany, Patrizio Di Massimo, Izmail Efimov, Naufus Ramirez Figueroa, Charles Gaines, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerester, Julia Mage’au Gray, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Hao Liang, Andrew Thomas Huang, Hung Fai & Wai Pong Yu, Sudhira Karna, Vvzela Kook, Emma Kunz, Lam Tung Pang, Liu Chuang, Liu Kuo-Sung, Madhumala Mandal, Rebati Mandal, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Ana Mendieta, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Uriel Orlow, Pan Lu & Wang Bo, Antonio Pichilla, John Pule, Komal Purbe, Ashmina Ranjit, Citra Sasmita, Ekaram Singh, So Wing Po, Batsa Gopal Vaidya, Brittney Leeanne Williams, and Trevor Yeung.

Details of further programming will be shared on Para Site’s website, please visit: https://www.para-site.art/

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