Edge of the Wonderland, Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018

Krabi, Thailand

Nov.2 2018 to Feb.28 2019

Opened on 2-4 November 2018, this ambitious project presents works by approximately 80 artists coming from more than 20 countries and regions worldwide. Responding to the theme of the Thailand Biennale, artists develop various interpretations of ‘wonderland’ from different perspectives. This four-month outdoor Biennale in Krabi is not curated to display traditional forms of artwork, such as sculptures or paintings, within the notion of ‘public art’, but rather it encourages creative strategies and innovative practices for site-specific installations.

Located on the lawn beside the pathway of Kong Ka Pier, Yang Zhenzhong’s imposing installation tests the laws of nature. To Be or Not to Be comprises ten banyan trees planted upside down in a straight line. The naked and entwined roots contradict the natural foliage normally found on tree branches and the typical lush vegetation of Thailand. This is not the artwork’s only paradox. The artist digs the trees from the soil, inverts them and plants their branches in the ground to challenge and probe the capability of both nature and plants to nourish themselves in extreme and abnormal conditions. The logic of the work operates beyond the actual reality to pervade a parallel land where buried trees and intricate root leafage constitute the quotidian landscape.

link: Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018

艺术家 | 杨振中《To Be or Not To Be》参展 “第一届泰国双年展Krabi 2018”

策展 | 第一届泰国双年展 X 杨振中

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