Robert Zhao

Why Look At Birds?


Editor: Chia Hui Ting
Editorial Board: Ding Li, Zhao Renhui

Published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists
(The Institute of Critical Zoologists publications are initiated by the Director of The Institute of Critical Zoologists)

Art Director: Tan Boon Hau
Book Design & Creative
Direction: TBH


172 x 240mm

Singapore, Published 2011
First Edition (500 copies)


Essays by Naoko Noguchi, Director of Social Programs, Ding Li, Expert in Bird Ecology and Kimiya Yui.
The catalogue includes a special reprinted poster of Norishige Kanai's celebrated 'Looking at birds' (1957).


The Institute of Critical Zoologists

Volume No. 7


Zhao Renhui is an artist who works closely with The Institute of Critical Zoologists.


Ding Li is an ornithologist and an expert in bird ecology.


Yurisa Nanjio is a world-renowned oologist and ornithologist.


Naoko Noguchi is the director of social and special programmes at The Institute of Critical Zoologists.


Kimiya Yui is a curator and professor in the aesthetics of conservation and ecology. He is the author of many books includingThe Last Tree in Shibum, Sunrise/Sunset Going Full Circle and most recently, Nature Lust.


Norishige Kanai is an artist based in Japan. An important correlate to his artistic practice is his work as a teacher.

Why Look At Birds? / Robert Zhao

  • Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) works chiefly with photography but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, presenting images together with documents and objects. Renhui’s work include textual and media analysis, video and photography projects. Recent exhibitions include the Sydney Biennale 2016, Arles Discovery Award 2015, ‘A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World’, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2015); ‘The Nature Collector’, ShanghART, Shanghai (2015); ‘Flies Prefer Yellow’, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2014); and ‘A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World’, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2014), Singapore Biennale 2013, Centre of Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) and Photoquai 2013. His work has also been awarded The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2011) by the University of the Arts London, The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (2009) Singapore. In 2010, he was awarded The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council. His work has also been featured prominently in Artforum International, ArtAsiaPacific, European Photography, Pipeline, Archivo, Fotografia and Punctum.

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