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!

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Various Locations
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