SIPF Session: Every tree feels the force of the wind (with post-screening discussions)
Discussions to be conducted primarily in English.
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Trees are widely planted across this island-city, which place Singapore as one of the highest greenery densities in the world. Both literal and metaphorical, Every tree feels the force of wind takes on a reflective position to revisit the past, to re-examine the relationship with our immediate natural environment, and to observe the way of living as the ‘new normal’ under the current Covid-19 situation. The force of wind, whether by man or nature, has often, if not all the time, compelled society to adapt, to change, and to take on fate ahead with much grit, and apprehension. In Variations of a Garden, Marvin Tang describes the fate of this island from a fishing village into a trading port with the intervention of the colony, subsequently replacing much of the landscape with commercial plantations. The desire to engineer nature persists on with the national tree planting campaign in the 1960s and eventually the Garden City as a national identity. When Covid-19 swept through Singapore in 2020, Adar Ng and Dave Lim observed in The Spaces between Us the daily routines being interrupted, the urgent adaptation to ‘new normal’, and the challenges faced by the residents on this island, including the migrant workers.
Gwen Lee, Director of Singapore International Photography Festival
*The curator and artists will be present for the discussions via live-streaming.