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Global art exhibition 'Breathe With Me' opens in Beijing to promote climate awareness

14.12.2020  08:47

From 16-20 December the participatory art project ‘Breathe with Me’ is open at Parkeview Green FangCaoDi. Beijingers are invited to co-create the art work by painting their breath in the form of two blue downward brushstrokes.  

Take a deep breath - then exhale while you paint two parallel vertical blue lines on canvas. This is what the participatory artwork Breathe with Me is asking audience and passers-by to do. The idea is to create awareness about the interconnectedness of humans all over the planet and the need to take joint climate actions.  

Breathe with Me is created by Danish artist Jeppe Hein and non-profit organisation ART 2030 with one goal in mind; to bring the entire world together with one simple, universal action: Breathing and thereby reminding the audience, that we have a joint responsibility to care for our planet:

- Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale. In-between we all breathe and live different life. And yet, each breath keeps us together, connected, sharing the same air, says artist Jeppe Hein.

Breathe with Me is brought to China by The Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in Beijing in cooperation with Parkview Green Fangcaodi and will be opened by Denmark’s ambassador to China, H. E. Thomas Østrup Møller: 

- Both China and Denmark have presented very ambitions visions for climate change, and we will cooperate closely on translating these into concrete actions. To succeed everyone must contribute. An art project like Breathe with Me is a way to engage people in dialogues about climate change and the need for everyone to start making green changes in their life, said Ambassador Møller.

The interactive art project was first launched in September 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters during the 74th UN General Assembly and Climate Summit and has been travelling all over the world. As of December 2020, Breathe with Me is estimated to have reached and engaged over 93 million people worldwide. The opening at Parkview Green marks the art projects first opening in Asia.

The art project is open to the public: 16 December 17:00-22:00, 17-20 December 10:00-22:00 at the suspension bridge of Parkview Green FangCaoDi. 

Artist Jeppe Hein is a Berlin-based Danish whose work focuses on creating objects and environments that connect people in often witty and unexpected ways, and has exhibited in major museums and public spaces across the globe.

ART 2030 is a non-profit organisation working with art to inspire action for a sustainable future by achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Breathe with Me opens at the same time as another green exhibition at Parkview Green: Futuristic Urban Revival. For more details please contact Parkview Green FangCaoDi.