If Forests Talk

If Forests Talk

21 January – 28 February 2021
Free Admission

If Forests Talk

If Forests Talk is a programme that looks at the tropical rainforest through the lens of artists. Nature, greenery and rainforests within Singapore are often seen through the logics of consumption, to be used for botanical, recreational and educational purposes. The project seeks to paint the tropical rainforests in a different light, through a series of new works that reflect upon the artists’ existing artworks, wherein the rainforest had featured prominently. Taking the form of videos and audio pieces, the artists themselves recount their past works through which the rainforest re-emerges as the site for tradition, knowledge, temporary communities and choreography.

Yeo Siew Hua, The Lover, The Excess, The Ascetic and The Fool, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Online Screening

3 February 2021, 8pm

Screening of all the past works by the artists which the new commissions stem from. Trace their trajectories to see what the future may entail.

Online Artist Talk

6 February 2021, 8pm 

Join the artists of If Forests Talk (Zarina Muhammad, Zachary Chan, Nina Djekic, Melinda Lauw, Kray Chen and Yeo Siew Hua) for an online discussion about the exhibition, the artworks and their processes!

23 January 2021
Led by art historians and curators whose perspectives span diverse ‘Asian’ specialisms in South-East Asia, India and China, this free panel will explore the breadth of ‘Asian art' through a discussion on curating in Asia and contested narratives in exhibition making.
2 – 28 January 2021
随艺聊 Celebrating SG Artists is a 7-episode video series that archives the contributions and journeys of seven second-generation artists in Singapore.
28 January 2021
Representatives from Singapore’s National Arts Council (NAC) and the Australia Council for the Arts will discuss audience attitudes towards the arts in their respective countries, based on research survey data collected in 2019 and 2020. What does the data tell us about ourselves and how does this affect new policies and programmes?
18 December 2020 – 5 March 2021
Aliwal Tracks is a video web series programme that invites viewers to explore the nuanced sounds around Kampong Gelam.