Soft breath

Mar 16 – Jun 30
Para Site
10B, Wing Wah Industrial Bldg.

677 King’s Road

Quarry Bay

Hong Kong
Opening Reception
Fri, Mar 15
6 – 9pm

Para Site presents ‘Soft breath’, a solo exhibition of Trevor Yeung, co-commissioned in partnership with Gasworks, London; and Aranya Art Center, Qinhuangdao. Taking queer experiences that have shaped multi-species entanglements as a starting point, ‘Soft breath’ evokes the fluid interplay between night and day, public and private life, and hidden and visible desires.

Central to the exhibition is an ambitious, large-scale replica of the ‘fuck tree’—a leaning oak tree crucial to the life of a historic cruising ground popular in London since the 19th century. Reflecting on the fragile health and uncertain future of the tree, the artist employs light and scent as guiding elements to sculpt a temporary memory of a natural monument. To conjure up the tree’s original setting in a nocturnal woodland clearing, the gallery walls surrounding the sculpture will be painted in gradients to recreate the liminal, melancholic atmosphere in the moments just before sunrise. Meticulously recreated using soap, the tree will fill the 10F annex space with its fragrance, blending the natural and the artificial. The artist transforms the memory of the tree into a material that can be consumed or left to degrade over time, adding a dimension of impermanence and transience to the sculpture.

In Yeung’s carefully staged installations, the lives of plants are a medium to address notions of normativity and control within human social relations. Following the project’s journey from the first exhibition titled ‘Soft ground’ at Gasworks to its presentation at Para Site, ‘Soft breath’ will see Yeung recast the project by bringing into conversation the rituals of ‘wishing trees’ native to the New Territories in Hong Kong. Drawing on the convergence of histories and places where personal and collective desires meet, Yeung creates a stage to explore humanity’s entanglements with the natural environment.

‘Soft breath’ marks Yeung’s first major solo exhibition of 2024 in the lead-up to his representation of Hong Kong at the 60th Venice Biennale.

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About the Artist

Trevor Yeung (b. 1988 in Guangdong; lives and works in Hong Kong) uses botanic ecology, horticulture, and aquarium systems as metaphors for emancipation from the expectations inherent in human relationships. Yeung draws inspiration from intimate and personal experiences, culminating in works that range from image-based works to large-scale installations. Yeung had his first institutional solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, ‘Soft ground’, at Gasworks, London, in 2023. He was nominated for the Sigg Prize 2023. In 2024, Yeung will represent Hong Kong at the 60th Venice Biennale. Previously, he has participated in Singapore Biennale (2022); Kathmandu Triennale (2022); Lyon Biennale (2019); the 4th Dhaka Art Summit (2018); and the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014). Yeung has also exhibited at M+, Hong Kong (2023); Blank Canvas, Penang (2023); Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (2022); Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2022); Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2022); Para Site, Hong Kong (2020, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2018); and OCAT, Shenzhen (2016).

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