The Nature Collector-Robert Zhao Renhui
ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai
Robert ZHAO Renhui 赵仁辉
Opening: Jan-10, 2015, 16:00-18:00.
Duration: Jan-11, 2015 to Feb-18, 2015
Venue: ShanghART main space, Building 16, No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
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The relationship between humans and animals is a key touchstone of the work of Zhao Renhui (b. 1983, Singapore). Specifically, animal traps — camouflaged, violent, full of trickery — are the subject of this exhibition. His images of traps are open-ended, mysterious landscapes that invite contemplation; possibly ruses themselves. A splash of blue in jungle landscape is simply titled Bee Trap, and what appears to be a photograph of small red balls hanging in trees is called Apple Moth Trap.
Zhao’s work also explores notions of boundaries, systems and control as human beings attempt to know and catalogue the natural world. In He counts the stars and calls them all by name, a large photograph shows 4784 flies of the same family, meticulously arranged and labeled with information of their provenance. The Biblical reference alludes to complicated power relations between scientist and subject, human and animal, classifier and classified.
(Adeline Chia Hui Ting)
ZHAO Renhui (b. 1983) is an award-winning artist based in Singapore. Among many accolades, he has been awarded The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2011) University of the Arts London and The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council (2010). Solo exhibitions include Flies Prefer Yellow, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2014)；Fake or Reality, Galarie Anzenberger, Vienna (2014); A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2014); The Last Thing You See, 2902 Gallery, Singapore (2014); The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter Arts Centre, United Kingdom (2012); Living Proof, Bangkok University Gallery, Thailand (2012); The Land Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2011); The Whiteness of Whales, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2010): If a tree falls in the forest, Substation, Singapore (2009).
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