International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival 2017
International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival
Olympian City2, Olympic, Hong Kong
22 – 28 May 2017
‘The exhibition was curated through a series of different installations, in hope that visitors would understand more about Chinese Medicine.
Urban dwellers are becoming less familiar with chinese medicine; due to the pace of the city, even prescriptions have evolved into prefabricated packages and we no longer see the original appearances of the individual ingredients. Through re-interpreting and combining the common glass jar (瓶 – píng) and the Baizi cabinet, both of which are symbols of traditional Chinese Pharmacy, we hope to re-introduce the ingredients in their original forms to the public.
The chinese folk tale of ‘Xuánhú jìshì’ is a story about a man selling medicine in a gourd that would cure all types of sickness. Ever since, the gourd has become a healing symbol in Chinese culture. This installation is created by hanging more than 200 small gourds to create the shape of a large gourd, exemplifying the vision of Chinese Medicine, and at the same time, creating a memorable symbol for the International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival.