ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊

An Eagle Returns, Day 322
colour inkjet print
Archival inkjet print, mounted on aluminium
27(H)*48cm (x 3 pieces)
Edition of 3 + 1AP

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. Robert Zhao has spent more than 3 years documenting this site with remote cameras.

Related Exhibitions:
Robert Zhao Renhui: Monuments in the Forest, ShanghART, Shanghai 03.11, 2023 -04.30, 2023