BOLOHO

When eating jackfruit, people often throw away its center, not knowing that it can also be enjoyed as its own special delicacy. The name BOLOHO is a Cantonese romanization of the Chinese word for “jackfruit core,” and it is from the crevices of an old residential neighborhood in the core of the Guangzhou megalopolis where BOLOHO began in 2019.

Color printing from woodcut shows a group of people sitting together, a child is on the lap, some have cups in their hands, the mood is warm, in blue, yellow and green colors.

One Day At BOLOHO Space In Guangzhou, color printing from woodcut by BOLOHO, 2021, courtesy BOLOHO

Having multiple encounters with both contemporary workplace realities and traditional family culture, female creative practitioners Bubu and Cat initiated the space as a result of their continuous reflections upon individual relations to broader family structures and social roles. BOLOHO aims therefore to gradually connect the similarly aspiring individuals, organizations, and communities around them in mutual practice, action, and support.

BOLOHO members choose a “business” model of “friendship” – as in equality, self-discipline, and mutual-aid – over “hierarchy” – as in power, opportunism, and punishment – at the same time regrouping the “idle” skills and time of a community of collaborators to face the opportunities and challenges of mainstream economic models together.

The BOLOHO space is combined with the office and reading room of HB Station Contemporary Art Research Center, making it convenient for collaborators to work and explore the possibilities of a broader platform. The books, archive, and documents of HB Station’s library encourage curiosity and self-organized education for a wider community of friends and, in the living room, BOLOHO’s elder members care for all the “children” before them with home-cooked meals, accompanying each of BOLOHO’s mothers, fathers, friends, and smallest ones as we all grow up.

 

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