EXHIBITION DATES 展覽日期: 12.06-29.08.2021, 11am-9pm
L/G FOODHALL 美食廣場, G/F Lobby 酒店大堂, 4/F Tomorrow Maybe
EXHIBITION OPENING 展覽開幕: 12.06.2021, 2-6pm
(Exhibition at Lobby will be closed for a week from 28 June - 5 July
With every inhale and exhale we are in an expanding and contracting relationship with our planet. This exhibition is about humans, trees, and the breath that connects us.
With restrictions around our daily movement and social interaction over the last year and a half, locally, a vital consolation was our ability to venture into Hong Kong’s country parks and nature reserves.
Trees, earth, blue sky and space serve as short escapes from the stress of the city. Hong Kong’s outdoor spaces and hiking trails became a form of mass therapy that helped to keep our mental health balanced during a time of heightened anxiety, uncertainty and claustrophobia.
While concern around air quality isn’t new, our relationship to air dramatically changed. Virtually overnight, the air we breathed became a collective life-threat, something to be feared. Air was something we could no longer share. Space was something we could not, without careful consideration, cohabit. If we lived with loved ones, simply returning home meant potential transmission. To have proximity we needed a physical barrier, having intimacy was a risky proposition.
With this, access to ‘good’ air and protection from ‘bad’ air were magnified. Oxygen tanks and protective masks were being shipped around the world to the highest bidder while some cities and countries desperately in need were running out. We were suddenly forced to confront the value attached to this given resource, oxygen, that we had taken for granted and the tensions of politics and cost associated with it.
Even more disheartening, was witnessing video and images of air directly and indirectly seized – from slash and burn forest fires in the Amazon, to the police violence that brazenly took the life of George Floyd and reawakened a global movement.
The quality of the air, the way we breathe, and who can and cannot breathe have all became prescient questions in 2020.
This exhibition raises and explores the topic and through the work of 11 artists/collectives contemplates the human relationship to what we consider “our natural environment”.
We are grateful to the participating artists Pablo Albarenga, Shane Aspegren, William Farr, Jon Emmony, Steve Atkins, Sharu Binnong Sikdar, Abby Lee Yan Yee, Ice Wong Kei Suet, Zheng Bo, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Hong Kong Art School’s Winnie Hui Wing, Emily Tse, Wallis Chan, Rabina Rai Aki, Xapa Lit, Wise Yeung, Cecil Lee, Bowen Tam, Ellis Lau, Jaffa Lam and to the community who submitted works for the open call.
是次展覽以十一位藝術家/團隊的作品，提出並探討人類與「我們的」自然環境間無形且不可分割的關系。我們感激Pablo Albarenga, Shane Aspegren, William Farr, Jon Emmony, Steve Atkins, Sharu Binnong Sikdar, 李欣儀, 黃姫雪,鄭波,基因美食中心, 香港藝術學院的許穎, 謝婉婷, 陳婉瑩, Aki Rabina Rai, 列宛旻, 楊晨威, 李頌昇, 譚博文, 劉允禧同學，他們的指導老師林嵐，以及所有向我們提交作品的公眾成就是次展覽。
Launched on International Mother Earth Day 2021, Breathe Deep is a community campaign culminating in an exhibition celebrating the trees of our city.
Breathe Deep reinforces Eaton HK’s commitment to environmental justice and extends from a photograph of a lone tree in a landscape of devastation by Pablo Albarenga launched on its Nathan Road-facing billboard in Sept 2020.
在2020年9月，逸東酒店在其面向彌敦道的大型展板上展示由Pablo Albarenga所拍攝的荒涼之境中的孤木，表現亞馬遜原住民的棲身地被夷平後所面對的困境。Breathe Deep活動系列延伸自此，旨在實踐逸東酒店對環境正義的許諾。
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