Green Snake: women-centred ecologies

Green Snake: women-centred ecologies

Green Snake: women-centred ecologies

Green Snake Guided Tour: Who’s Next?

Green Snake Special Screening

Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Date & Time

20 Dec 2023 - 1 Apr 2024 11am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays


1/F JC Contemporary & F Hall, Prison Yard


Free of charge


Curated by Kathryn Weir and Xue Tan

with assistant curators Tiffany Leung and Pietro Scammacca

Artists: AFSAR (Asian Feminist Studio for Art and Research), Yussef Agbo-Ola & Tabita Rezaire, Maria Thereza Alves, Lhola Amira, Minia Biabiany, Adriana Bustos, Seba Calfuqueo, Cao Minghao & Chen Jianjun, Carolina Caycedo, Stephanie Comilang & Simon Speiser, Valentina Desideri & Denise Ferreira da Silva, Rohini Devasher, Gidree Bawlee, Guo Fengyi, Manjot Kaur, Jaffa Lam, Candice Lin, Lavanya Mani, Marzia Migliora, Ann Leda Shapiro, Karan Shrestha, Dima Srouji, Natasha Tontey, Cecilia Vicuña, Tricky Walsh, Dana Whabira 

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Art Week Special Opening Hours

25.03.2024 (Mon) 2pm–8pm
26.03.2024 (Tue) 11am–8pm
27.03.2024 (Wed) 10am–7pm
28.03.2024 (Thu) 11am–8pm (8-10 pm invite only)
29.03.2024 (Fri) 11am–7pm
30.03.2024 (Sat) 11am–7pm
31.03.2024 (Sun) 11am–7pm
01.04.2024 (Mon) 11am–7pm
02.04.2024 (Tue) Closed for maintenance

Green Snake: women-centred ecologies focuses on the connections between art and the larger themes of ecology in the context of rising temperatures and extreme weather  events. Gathering more than 30 artists and collectives from 20 countries, the exhibition presents over 60 works that draw on mythologies and world views with women at their heart to explore possibilities for other ecological relationships and imagine other futures.

Green Snake points to the extractive economies at the root of our ecological crises, economies that treat nature as a reserve of resources for exploitation. The exhibition asks what alternative narratives are activated through artists’ visions which celebrate nature as a generative force, many of them grounded in notions of care and interrelationship that are central to ecofeminism. The labour of care is essential to the reproduction of existence: this has been undervalued in patriarchal and imperial systems across broad geographies.

The exhibition title refers both to the celebrated ancient Chinese folktale about two demon sisters, White Snake and Green Snake, and to mythological snake-like figures across cultures and cosmological systems—just as snakes shed skins and emerge from hibernation, nature as a whole has a remarkable capacity to transform and re-awaken. In the eighth-century folktale Madame White Snake, the figure of Green Snake strongly represents women’s agency, sisterhood, and also gender fluidity; the tale has been widely reinterpreted in contemporary literature and cinema. On another level, in the exhibition, the snake’s sinuous curves echo the geomorphology of river systems and the vital energy of the water flowing through them. A number of artists in the exhibition have longstanding research interests in specific river ecosystems and in their associated mythologies. Dialogues between works rooted in different geographies highlight parallel struggles and parallel practices of empathy and care for non-human existence. The figure of an all-encompassing circle of planetary and cosmic renewal emerges in a symphonic call for a radical reorientation of the human within the whole.

Exhibition Views

School Tour

Free guided tours in Cantonese and English are available for school visits on Tuesdays to Fridays from now until 1 April 2024.
For school tours before 3 March, the 60-minute school tour covers two exhibitions – Green Snake: women-centred ecologies (45 minutes) and Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk (15 minutes).
Each group can include 10-30 participants. Arrange a school tour by filling in the application form. Please reserve 7 working days for the tour arrangement.
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Event of Artists' Night

Philisa: What of This Ancient Ecological Grief?
Artist: Lhola Amira
28.03.2024 6pm–7pm
1/F JC Contemporary
Cape Town–based artist Lhola Amira's centres THEIR practice on the wound of the land and wound of the water, drawing inspiration from the southern African Nguni ancestral-spiritual concept of ukuvela. This spiritual practice intertwines an individual's existence with both the past and the future. Within the exhibition Green Snake: women-centred ecologies, Lhola Amira's healing ceremony, Philisa: What of This Ancient Ecological Grief? engages with the notion of ecological grief as a wound inflicted upon the land and water, with its effects emerging in our human bodies and being passed down through generations. In the ceremony, Lhola Amira enacts the ancient and indigenous practice of feet-cleansing as a spiritual ritual, with invited participants with ancestral connections to displacement, oppression, slavery, or various historical forms of violence. For Lhola Amira, our feet act as the roots for our energy and a sacred portal to our body. While the ceremony is taking place, visitors are welcome to witness this gathering in the gallery space. 

Art After Hours

Art After Hours: Green Snake Artists’ Talk

20.12.2023 7-8:30pm

On the occasion of the opening of Green Snake, five artists/artist groups will be engaging in conversation with Xue Tan, one of the curators of the exhibition, about some of the themes of the exhibition as well as their artistic practice. Join this conversation to learn more about the artists and the exhibition.  

Moderator: Xue Tan, Senior Curator at Tai Kwun

Venue: 1/F JC Contemporary

Limited seats on a first come first served basis; please register here.

This event will be conducted in English, with English to Cantonese simultaneous interpretation.  On the day of the event, JC Contemporary will be open from 11am to 7pm. Participants are welcome to visit the exhibition before attending the conversation.

Education and public programmes

Join our learning and experience programmes, designed for visitors of different backgrounds and needs. We hope to explore possibilities in the dialogue between art and visitors.

Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary

01 – 04.2024 (Sat / Sun)

Guided Tour: Who’s Next?

30.12.2023 – 01.04.2024 (Sat and Sun)

Cantonese or Putonghua Session: 2pm – 3pm

English Session: 4pm – 5pm