Seeding Sovereignty is a situated mode of seed distribution that affirms mutuality, community-building and decentralised organisation. Citing the spatial typology of a library and his long-term interest in the circulation of rice within Singapore and Southeast Asia, Chu Hao Pei’s work takes the form of a seed library.
As a cumulative index of texts, stories, and images, visitors are encouraged to interact with the seed library by gleaning information from its drawers and taking a packet of rice seeds home with them. As one rummages through these holdings, established methods of information arrangement give way and new meanings can be composed through these materials. By providing a reflective topography of rice that is both mutable and empirical, Seeding Sovereignty invites audiences to reconsider their relationship to the land, the food we eat, and how one humble crop can knit a region together.
Venue: Bedok, Ang Mo Kio Public Libraries and Jurong, Tampines Regional Libraries
When: 1 Mar - 11 Sep 2022,
By: Singapore Art Museum (SAM)