Miasma, Plants and Export Paintings" - A showing of the prize-winning film by Bo Wang & Lu Pan

12:00pm - 12:45pm / Tuesday 14th May 2019 / Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Other / Category: Public / Series: Open House 2019
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Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings
Two Channel Video | 28min | 2017 

A Film by Bo Wang & Lu Pan

The harsh tropical climate created strong fear and anxiety in the British troops stationed at Hong Kong after the Opium Wars (1839-42, 1856-60). The nineteenth century myth of Miasma, ‘bad air’, related epidemic diseases to air, environment and race, which later helped to consolidate the vertical spatial segregation on Hong Kong island. Acclimatization efforts were made in pace with expansion of the British Botanic Empire, a global network of scientific research projects on plants, which circulated not only botanic specimens but also images created for the purpose of study. In the particular case of Canton in South China, local commercial artists were commissioned to make paintings of plants. This work examines the specific dynamics between imperialism, scientific research, race and the right to look in nineteenth century Canton.BOOK NOW

Lu Pan will be giving a lecture 'Forgetting the unforgettable: monument and the changing spaces of war memory in Greater China' on the same day at 6pm. To find out more please CLICK HERE