Asia Now 2020
Tabula Rasa Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in Asia Now 2020, presenting Ma Haijiao's new video and photography series, If We Delete Green, If We Start Caring About Plants . In the making of this brand-new work, Ma turns his focus to the narrative of an abstract colour - green, taking “green” and “plant” as the overarching themes to unfold interweaving imaginations and narratives. As the artist states, “This is a man-made green space in which the colour green exist in different tonalities and their symbolic meanings unfold in multiple narratives.” Green as a colour is far removed from humans’ skin colours, so it is used for cutting out images in film production. Plants are born of nature instead of humans. It is not only a signification of the colour of plants but also imbued with social significance, for instance, they are used in urban greenbelts to protect the environment, in green headbands used for protest, in green floors or countertops which are often seen in sports competitions, and in countless metaphors and symbols in paintings in art history. The artist deliberately blurs the boundaries between the ideas of "green" and "plant" in his thinking, thus presenting a false but true depiction of "artificial and natural”, “reality and camouflage” and “signification and symbol” in the video. In addition, in the title of the work If We Delete Green, If We Start Caring About Plants, the former part refers to the form of the video while the latter represents the state of being that the artist expects to have during his creative process.