b. 1983, Singapore
Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) works mainly with photography but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach by presenting images together with documents and objects. His work is drawn from observation of the natural world but instead of being documentary, instead he constructs narratives which are layered over each other, provoking doubt in viewers as to the status of the works as documentary or fiction. He formed the Institute of Critical Zoologists in 2008 as an umbrella organization for his activities with the stated aim of advancing “unconventional, even radical, means of understanding human and animal relations.”
His recent exhibitions include the Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Busan Biennale 2014, Moscow International Biennale of Young Art 2014, PhotoIreland 2014, Singapore Biennale 2013, President’s Young Talents 2013, The Institute of Critical Zoologists at Chapter Arts Centre (UK), Photoquai 2013, International Festival of Photography at Mineiro Museum (Brazil) , and Engaging Perspectives at CCA (Singapore). He has exhibited in Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Format Festival, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Fukouka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Photo Levallois (Paris), Seoul Arts Center (Korea), GoEun Museum of Photography (Korea), The Zabludowicz Collection (London),Shanghart (Shanghai) and PPOW (New York).