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“Trevor Yeung: Soft breath” on View Through May 26, 2024, at Para Site

Installation view of “Trevor Yeung: Soft breath” at Para Site, Hong Kong, 2024. Photo: Ray Leung Credit: @parasite.hk

Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading independent art institution, presents Trevor Yeung’s (b. 1988) solo show through May 26. The exhibition is co-curated by Para Site in Hong Kong, Gasworks in London, and Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao. The show started in London and heads to Qinhuangdao after Hong Kong.

A contemporary artist from China, Yeung draws inspiration from personal queer experiences and uses plant ecology, horticulture, and aquarium systems as metaphors for the control of and liberation from social norms. At the center of the exhibition is a large-scale replica of an oak tree in London’s historic cruise ship docks. Through smell, light, and sculpture, Yeung reveals the memory of the tree and its fragility. While the artificial scent of the soap-carved oak tree lingers in the air, the atmosphere of the room, with its painted walls, is as somber as a nocturnal forest glade just before sunrise. The setting is reminiscent of the environment in which the trees originally existed.

Yeung was nominated for the Sigg Prize in 2023 and will represent Hong Kong at the upcoming 60th Venice Biennale.

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