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The Interweaving of You and I - Sowing

Living Installation


As part of  Women at the End of the World- Art Basel HK 2023 Parallel Exhibition at Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

March 8 - April 2, 2023

"The interweaving of You and I – Sowing" extends from "The interweaving of You and I" (2021), a durational happening and living installation over five weeks representing the interconnectedness and inter-influence between man and nature through planting action. Planting is one of the daily human activities that seem simple, but it also requires much effort in observation in order to give adequate care. Caring encourages us to ponder our relationship with other natural creations and grow hope to make a change. Sunflower is chosen specifically for the project with the meaning of hope and healing and its scientific value. In environmental remediation technology called “phytoremediation”, scientists found that its growing process carries metal and toxin detoxification, notably used in Chernobyl and Fukushima.


This version emphasises sowing, a stage of putting seeds into the soil so the plants will grow. During the exhibition, audiences are invited to take a sunflower seed back home and plant it whenever they like. It seems simple, but seeds will only grow if you, as a planter, act on the first step. Man and plants share essential resources like water, sunlight, and air. As a planter, man has built such an interdependent relationship with plants. If plants get adequate care, they grow great. Meanwhile, planters find comfort in spending time with plants, sowing, watering, talking or even bringing them out for sunlight. The action of planting is invested with a sense of delight and healing to planters.

Special thanks to Christina Tam, Man Hin Siu


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