Overview participating exhibitions
In the Indian Ocean, 350 kilometres south of Java, lies the Australian Christmas Island. It is unique because of its large amount of endemic flora and fauna. Many species of plants and animals only appear on this island, including a large population of red crabs. During the nearly 150 years that people have inhabited the island, however, foreign species of plants and animals have also been introduced, which have disturbed the natural ecology. As part of the 3rd Christmas Island Conservation Plan all communities were evacuated to the Australian mainland, whereby the island is now a strict nature reserve. In CHRISTMAS ISLAND, Zhao Renhui documented the extinction of several indigenous and rare animals species, and the attempt of conservators to combat foreign species.
An Ocean of Possibilities
In A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World Robert Zhao Renhui documents the countless ways in which mankind is slowly but surely changing nature. Renhui presents a catalogue full of remarkable entities and life forms that have developed in often unexpected ways in order to cope with their environment after it was altered by people. Other organisms are the result of direct human interventions, with various motives that can range from scientific research to the desire for ornamentation.
In the 1960s Singapore used the earth from its modest hills for landfill projects in the sea. Today this mini-state is almost flat, and must buy sand from Indonesia and Malaysia if it is to expand its area. Whenever a landfill project begins, widespread desert-like landscapes appear on the edges of Singapore, replacing now-vanished beaches. On weekends residents go out to the new coast lines, searching for the beaches they once knew. AS WE WALKED ON WATER is part of the Land Archive, a repository for found and historical images.
Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore, 1981) graduated cum laude from the London College of Communication, and under the aegis of the Institute of Critical Zoologists and The Land Archive has cooperated in solo and group exhibitions in Japan, France, England, South Korea, Indonesia and other countries. He received the Deutsche Bank Award for Photography and the Singapore National Arts Council Young Artist Award. In 2009 he won the most important art prize in Singapore, the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award.
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