Fluffy Grounds at Bodies of Water, the 13th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Andrés Jaque, You Mi, Marina Otero, Lucia Pietriusti and Filipa Ramos. At Power Station of Art contemporary art museum.
In Fluffy Grounds we focus on poplar “fluff”. Every year poplar female trees create a ‘spring snow’. They release millions of seeds that are cotton-covered to enhance transport and improve their chances of reproduction and survival. While causing aesthetic awe, this female excess has become penalized as unwanted and excessive pollution, inducing sterilization, the injection of inhibitors, the creation of genetically modified new breeds or the correction of the gender “imbalance” through sex reassignment surgery – the same treatments imposed on female, queer, racialized or disabled bodies. Yet fluff’s ambivalent status contests clear notions of pollution and toxicity in urban natures and demonstrates how queer ecologies are drivers of technological, urban and ecological transformations.