At the bottom of the Glass Rotunda, visitors will encounter the Singapore, Very Old Tree exhibit by renowned local photographer and artist, Robert Zhao. Inspired by one of the oldest postcards found in the National Archives of Singapore depicting an unspecified tree dating back to the year 1904, the exhibition was first commissioned as part of the Singapore Memory Project and held at the National Library Singapore in May 2015 as part of the nation’s SG50 celebrations. The exhibit, which showcases 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlights intimate stories of each, will give visitors an alternative perspective of Singapore’s history and the personal connections that Singaporeans have with our local trees.
About Robert Zhao
Robert Zhao Renhui is a multi-disciplinary artist who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Camberwell College of Arts in London and a Master of Arts in Photography from the London College of Communication. His work addresses man’s relationship with nature and presents different modes of the human gaze on nature, frequently highlighting how truth is constructed through a false naturalization and manipulation of beliefs. Zhao was the recipient of the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award, Singapore (2009); the National Arts Council Singapore Young Artist Award (2010); and the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2011). He was selected to participate in the 2013 President’s Young Talents exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum. His works have been shown widely in Singapore and abroad, including exhibitions at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; the Photo-Levallois Festival, Paris; the GoEun Museum of Photography, Korea and at the Singapore Biennale (2013).
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