An Eagle Returns, Day 322

Robert Zhao Renhui

Edition of 3 + 1 AP
Diasec in frame
27 × 48 cm each, triptych

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A changeable hawk-eagle drinks water from an abandoned container in a disused colonial military barracks. What was once a military compound has now been reclaimed by nature. Ecologically, the forest is a secondary wasteland forest, meaning that it has sprung up after the destruction of primary vegetation. The ecology is rich, combining native and foreign species that interact to create new ecological situations. One of the results is more sightings of the changeable hawk eagle. The bird nests in albizia trees, a fast-growing tree that was originally imported from Papua New Guinea but has now colonised many green spaces in Singapore. Secondary forests are fast becoming spaces for ‘new nature’ where unexpected relationships between nature and human-histories occur. The artist has spent more than 3 years documenting this site with remote cameras.

About the Artist

Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983, Singapore) graduated with a MA in Photography from the London College of Communications, London, UK in 2010 and a BA in Photography from the Camberwell College of the Arts, University of the Arts London, London, UK in 2008. His solo exhibitions include The Lines We Draw at Yalu River Art Museum, Dandong, China (2019); Hugo Boss Asia Art 2017 at Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2017); Singapore, Very Old Tree at National Museum of Singapore, Singapore (2017). Zhao’s works are in the public collections of National Museum of Singapore, Singapore; UBS Art Collection, UBS Global; Statoil Art Collection, Norway; Kadist Art Foundation, USA; and UOB Art Collection, Singapore. He has undertaken residencies at NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2017); The Arctic Circle Residency, Norway (2011); and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2010) amongst others. Zhao lives and works in Singapore.