Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (April 1-Sept. 27, 2009)
In 2004, Xu Bing (along with 7 other artists) was invited by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the international conservation organization Rare to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site and develop a project responding to local environmental concerns. Xu Bing chose the Mt. Keny region.
Between his first site visit in 2005 and his second site visit in the summer of 2008, Xu Bing developed an instructional booklet, the dedicated website forestproject.net and an auction system so that he could teach local school children to draw trees, auction their work to collectors worldwide and then direct those funds to restoring Mt. Kenya’s forest greenbelts. During his trip in 2008, Xu Bing taught drawing technique to over 150 students at 4 schools around Mt. Kenya.
Selected student works and large-scale landscape by Xu Bing are on display at BAM/PFA as part of the exhibition “Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet” through September 27.