Dr. Wang Roubing in his curtorial introduction said that the Animal Talk Art Exhibit was a visual discourse of eight Chinese artists from China and Singapore. The art exhibit offers an experimental ocular platform to discuss in a transformative-reflective style the relationship between arts and animals, between humanity and the rest of creation.
China based artist Zhou Bin in the Meat Worms photography series wedged his naked body into the gaps of ruined buildings and in various natural environments like a worm. Zhou, in making this artworks, conveyed that he wanted to express his discontent towards the rapid changing of Chinese society.
As for Singapore born artist Sai Hua Kan and Chen Jianjun reminds me of existential dualism and the tounge-in-cheek critique of economic and productive relationship in which animals exist with man at the centre of his world. Animals in their artwork questioned the commodification of animals and cruelty of animals by man in the twenty first century.
Singaporean-born sculptor in a series of wood carvings called Guardian Angel illustrates his kampong experience. Xiong Yu’s installations called World Above Clouds animates an imaginary relationship between human civilization and wilderness.
Robert Zhao Renhui’s photography series On Hype Reality offers an unconventional angle in looking at zoos.
Wang Roubing captured in a bird shop is built on monetary value and the ownership of other living creatures. It discloses the conundrum of relationship between human and nature.
The Still Life animation series by He Peng illustrates with moving images of the theory of evolution.
Animal Talk visual arts exhibit encapsulates a conversation, a metaphoric reference that allows the condition of human society to be exposed for scrutiny.
As Zhou Bin stated in the Meat Worms Landscape No. 3 explained that “everyday, our living environment undergoes a constant, dramatic change, continually replacing the old with the new.” And asked “Where does this force of change, invisible, impalpable and yet so powerful, come from? We are all like worms, hiding, struggling and squirming in this frenzied reality.”
The Jendela Art Space experience was truly engaging. The artists did a good job in their portrayal of animal torture and how man neglected, abandoned, and disregarded its non-human neighbors.