Garden State Palimpsest
Zen Teh, Singapore
Garden State Palimpsest explores Singapore's constantly changing landscape and its residents' relationship with the land. I carried out interviews with previous kampong dwellers that become a starting point to reconstruct memories as images. These imaginings of nature in their various modes of presentation—as sculptural photographic images, videos and narratives—are complex layers of encounters that probe at ideals, nostalgia and desires with regard to our lived environments.
Zen Teh is an artist and educator interested in man's relationship with the natural world. Teh’s art practice is shaped by her proficiency in photography and painting, alongside her continual investigation into interdisciplinary studies of the works of nature and human behaviour. Her works have been showcased in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Singapore, including the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Art Science Museum. She has also exhibited regionally in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and has been invited as a guest speaker at regional environmental conferences such as ASEAN Powershift 2015 and Hanoi Innovation Week 2016. Teh was recently awarded the winning title for the 7th France+Singapore Photographic Arts Award.