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ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore

In this latest commission, the ICZ has collaborated with several agen- cies and individuals to investigate the ways in which natural history and social history intersect in Taiwan. These case studies provide an insight into the ways in which the borders between invasive and native are policed in Taiwan, and these conservation efforts, depending on one’s perspective, could be seen as heroic or futile.

This series of works feature boxes that have been used to transport injured birds from around Taipei to the Wild Bird Society of Taipei.

Also operating as a bird rescue centre, the Society has since the 1990s been collecting and rehabilitating injured birds brought to the centre by members of the public, taking in about 3,000 birds a year. En route to the centre, rescuers usually put birds in perforated cardboard boxes, makeshift homes that speak of the gentle care given to these creatures.

About 30 per cent of the birds die from their injuries. Some carcasses are donated to The Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Academia Sinica, where they are skinned and kept for research purposes. Birds that are unable to be released into the wild after they recover are sent to a refuge centre named “Bready House” in Zhishan Ecological Garden in Taipei. Bready House is name after an owl that had been rescued from the wild and hand fed bread by the person who saved it.

Related Exhibitions:
Taipei Biennial 2018 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 11.17, 2018 -03.10, 2019


Related Works:
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The Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
ZRH_0355
European Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
ZRH_8927
14th December 2017, Daurian Redstart, Adult, Human Causes (Sticky Mouse Trap), Hsinchu
ZRH_6499
3rd August 2018, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Juvenile, Fallen out of Nest, Unable to Stand, Near a Home, Taipei
ZRH_7071
16th May 2018, Javan Mynah, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to Fly, Taipei
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The Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
ZRH_2509
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
ZRH_2885
Tilapia (A National Treasure)
ZRH_9401
6th August 2018, Taiwan Barbet, Juvenile, Human Cause, Tree Removal, Hsinchu
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Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
ZRH_1101
The Antipodean Albatross (​​Diomedea antipodensis)
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1st May 2018, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to fly, Taipei
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Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
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A hybrid of the Blue Magpie (​Urocissa erythroryncha and Urocissa caerulea​​)


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