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HAN SAI POR

b. 1943, Singapore
Lives and works in Singapore

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists HAN SAI POR

Black Forest 2016, 2016

Wood and charcoal
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Han has been recognised for her investigations into the impact of human activities on the natural world. Since 2011 she has been working on the ‘Black Forest’ series, which takes the form of installations comprising black or blackened wood logs lying on beds of charcoal. This presentation is different: we see a destroyed ‘forest’ of charcoal logs standing upright. Representing the charred wood from ongoing deforestation activities, these evocative ‘columns of nature’ prick our conscience, yet attest to Nature’s resilience against every imaginable catastrophe.