The Colony (2017 – ongoing) is the title of Marvin Tang’s long-term research project which examines the impact of botanical institutions on the movement of seeds, plants, and people in the colonial era. For the next iteration of the project, the artist intends to focus on the history and evolution of the Wardian case, a glass container for growing and transporting flora devised by British physician Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1833. The direct precursor of the modern terrarium, this transportable receptacle proved instrumental in allowing the circulation of plants across the globe in the 19th century. Here, it is framed as a point of departure to excavate the social, economic, and environmental implications of planetary plant movements and the displacement of labour forces required to sustain booming plantation economies. During the residency, the studio will be used to conduct durational experiments with natural substances and photographic materials and try out different modes of display.
1 April - 29 September 2020
The artist intends to focus on the history and evolution of the Wardian case, a glass container for growing and transporting flora devised by British physician Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1833.
Artist · NTU CCA Singapore
COUNTRY OF PRACTICE: Singapore
Marvin Tang (b. 1989, Singapore) harnesses photography, moving image, and object-based installations to visualise social phenomena that simmer under, beyond, and in spite of government infrastructures and systems of control. His works often undermine the conventional representations of nature and question the linearity of historical narratives. Recent solo exhibitions include Print Room: In Every Change of Season, DECK, Singapore (2019) and The Mountain Survey, Alliance Française de Singapour (2018). His work has been presented internationally at the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale, Greece; GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival, Spain; and Nooderlicht International Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands (all 2018).
01 Apr - 30 Sep
Jef Geys Quadra Medicinale Singapore
01 Dec 2018 - 03 Mar 2019
Trees of Life — Knowledge in Material
21 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
22 Aug 2020 - 18 Oct 2020
01 Dec 2020 - 28 Feb 2021
01 Dec 2020 - 28 Feb 2021
Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest in collaboration with Sudhir Pattnaik/Samadrusti and Sherna Dastur
30 Jul 2016 - 09 Oct 2016
Darcy Lange: Hard, however, and useful is the small, day-to-day work
12 Aug 2015 - 27 Sep 2015
The Haze: An Inquiry, Ongoing Research Project
12 Aug 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
Creatif Compleks by Michael Lee
17 Mar 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
19 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
07 Jan 2020 - 27 Mar 2020