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b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore
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Trying to Remember a River
Four-channel video installation with objects
| Dimensions variable  | Two-channel video projection 28 minutes 8 seconds | Two-channel video on screen 18 minutes 39 seconds | Small Screen A  | Small Screen B  | Small Screen C  | Small Screen D  | Small Screen E  | Small Screen F

Current And Upcoming Exhibitions:
Watching a Tree Disappear, Queensway Television, Singapore, 02.29, 2024 - 04.30, 2024
In Stranger Lands: Cocoa’s Journeys to Asia, Nguyen Art Foundation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 03.15, 2024 - 07.30, 2024
Civilization: The Way We Live Now, Jut Art Museum, Taipei, 03.16, 2024 - 06.30, 2024
Returning to the Sea, TAG Art Museum, Qingdao, 04.03, 2024 - 06.10, 2024
Seeing Forest, Singapore Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 04.20, 2024 - 11.24, 2024
+ Photofairs Shanghai 2024, Booth A28, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, 04.25, 2024 - 04.28, 2024


Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) works chiefly with photography but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, presenting images together with documents and objects in the form of textual and media analysis, video and photography projects. His artistic practice investigates man’s relationship with nature, utilizing convincing narratives to invoke doubts in its audience towards the concept of truth and its portrayal. His works has been exhibited globally, having held solo exhibitions in Singapore, China, Japan, Australia, and Italy, as well as participating in various biennales and photo festivals.

He is selected to represent Singapore in their national pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024, and his recent exhibitions include 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2023); Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore (2022); The First Beijing Biennale, Beijing (2022); Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition, Busan, South Korea (2020); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2019); The Lines We Draw, Yalu River Art Museum, Dandong (2019); Effect, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (2019); Observe, Experiment, Archive, Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, London, U.K. (2019); The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (2018); JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia (2017); 7th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2016).

His works have been awarded The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (Singapore) in 2009 and The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography by the University of the Arts London in 2011. In 2010, he was awarded The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council. He was also named as a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017 as the only Southeast Asian artist, and the 12th Benesse Prize 2019 for his work in the 6th Singapore Biennale. Most recently, he was awarded the inaugural Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award in 2020 and Excellence Award in the 44th New Cosmos of Photography competition in 2021.


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