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Becoming Palm

By Simryn Gill and Michael Taussig
Published by NTU CCA Singapore and Sternberg Press, 2017
Edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu
Design by ruttens-wille
© 2017 by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

English, 12.5 x 19 cm, 80 pages, black and white, 52 illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-260-1 (Sternberg Press)
ISBN 978-981-11-3046-5 (NTU CCA Singapore)
Distributed by Select Books (Singapore) and Sternberg Press (outside Singapore)
S$28

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and anthropologist Michael Taussig responding to oil palm plantations and “the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders” (Michael Taussig) in two remote geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America. Blending text with photographs and archival materials, Gill reflects on the changed landscape of Malaysia, from rubber tree plantations during the British colonial period to the oil palm crops of today. Taussig provides an account of his extensive fieldwork in Colombia and the violent impact of the oil palm industry on local communities. 

Becoming Palm was launched on Saturday, 29 April 2017 in conjunction with the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017.