An overlooked feature of Singapore's landscape, secondary forests are forests that have sprung up over previously developed plots of land. They make up the bulk of Singapore's spontaneous vegetation, which covers more than half of its existing greenery. However, they are often undervalued ecologically, despite research on new ways in which secondary forests can help with climate change and biodiversity loss.
A poetic meditation on the historical and environmental richness of these forests, Second Chance (2022) features footage of secondary forests (on sites of abandoned plantations and kampongs) as well as wildlife captured by motion-sensitive cameras placed in these areas.
In a time of climate exigencies, the work is a clarion call to greater conservation of these flourishing parcels of land, from which we can derive models of resilience, compromise and co-existence with other species.