Of Weeping Trees examines the parallel narratives of Hevea brasiliensis, also known as the Para Rubber Tree, and plantation labourers, whose fates became entwined upon their arrival in Singapore in the 1900s. Through colonial postcards, contemporary surveys of former and existing rubber plantations, and the songs sung by these labourers, the exhibition unfolds connections forged over the contested ground of history, economy and ecology.
This is the conclusion to the first chapter of The Colony, which focuses on Singapore’s early relationship with the botanical empire via the movement of the Hevea brasiliensis. The Colony is the artist’s long-term research project on the impact of botanical institutes on the movement of seeds, plants and people in the colonial era.
Venue: Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
When: 10 Aug - 10 Sep 2023,