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Notes for the Future

Green Zeng

Solo Exhibition

20 – 27 Feb 2021,
Sat – Sun: 1pm – 8pm
Mon – Fri: 4pm – 8pm

In 2010, Green Zeng made a return to art-making after a long hiatus. Since then, he has created a variety of original and though-provoking works, most notably the series entitled 'Malayan Exchange', 'An Exile Revisits the City', 'Chinese School Lessons', 'Shifting Dioramas and Television Confessions'. His practice explores issues of historiography and identity; the history of student activism; the left and communism; political detainees and exiles in Singapore; and the connection between the archives, the state and the individual.

The exhibition presents works from his previous series that have not been exhibited before. They comprise studies, experiments with unrealised ideas, and remixes of works through the use of methods like layering, repetition, sequencing, erasure and juxtaposition. The result is a surprising and fresh take on his own work, creating an interesting dialogue between the artist and himself, and with his audience.

To celebrate reaching the 10-year milestone of his practice, Green Zeng has also published a book to consolidate his works from 2010-2020, including essays by friends and writers who are familiar with his art practice.

Contrary to a review show being one of looking back, the exhibition and book are a reminder of how forward-looking Green Zeng's work has always been, and how engaging with it moves us into the future.

About the Artist(s)

Green Zeng is a filmmaker and artist from Singapore. HIs art practice explores issues of historiography and identity, and examines how history is scripted, perceived and disseminated.

In 2015, his debut feature film, The Return, made its international premiere in competition at the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week. Zeng has also directed short films such as Blackboard Whiteshoes, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and Passenger, which in the same year was awarded the Encouragement Prize at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition in Tokyo.

As a practicing artist, Zeng has exhibited widely in Singapore and abroad. In 2012, he was a Finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was nominated for the Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize. He won the Bronze Award in the 26th UOB Painting of the Year (Established Artist Category) in 2018. His most recent solo exhibition Returning, Revisiting & Reconstructing was held at Foundation Cinema Oasis in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019. He is currently an artist in resident at the NTU-CCA Singapore Residencies Programme 2020.

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