Reiko Shimizu


Plantation 2

~Tears of Pomeogranates

Kerala Lalitkala Academy, Durbar Hall Art Center, 2023

In nature everything sacrifices its life to feed other lives. We see that the life cycle in nature is about sacrifice.
Is ecology about harmonious sacrifice?
Often human beings give priority to animal rights over plants' lives.
Pomegranates as a symbol of the sacrifice of life, “Picnic” questions about the sacrificial side of the plants in nature. As pomegranates fruits which remind us of animal uterus in both form and color relate the audience to their body sensation immediately, “Picnic” delivers the audience direct experience of life sacrifice of plants in nature.
How much right do we have to consume other lives? Human rights are often about human relationships but how about other beings?
Enveloping the white picnic sheets among all beings except human beings, making knots, completing the nature cycle, questions the human position in the nature cycle.

Heartfelt thanks to beautiful works of Sovan Satadru, organizing team and participating artists of Behavioal Art Fes., Hexxyduxxybox Group , family & friends and Kerala Lalitkala Academy
Photo courtesy: Francois Fleury Thaj Backer Raashish India
Curating: Satadru Sovan Suresh K. Nair
Jai Maa

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