Exhibition and book launch by Shubigi Rao
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
24 to 31 Aug 2018
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Free admission

Opening Reception: Thurs 23 Aug, 7pm
Reading by Shubigi Rao, followed by a QnA with the artist, moderated by writer and artist Dana Lam

Purchase Shubigi Rao’s books at our physical store or via our webstore:
Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book
Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book (Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 -Creative Nonfiction in English)
Written in the Margins

Since 2014 artist and writer Shubigi Rao has been working on a ten-year film, art and book project, Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, about book and library destruction, and the book as activism and resistance.

Following the release of the first volume in 2016, The Wood for the Trees presents documentation and material from this project’s second volume. The Wood for the Trees functions as a visual bibliography of the texts, people, and sites encountered during her project. One of its aims is to explore the connective tissue that exists between artists, writers, printers, academics, bibliophiles, shadow library activists, librarians and other cultural custodians, and various defenders and supporters of print and open access to knowledge.

The book Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book will be available at a special launch price. The photographic prints in the exhibition are also for sale, price upon enquiry.

About Shubigi Rao: 

Shubigi Rao is a visual artist and writer whose interests range from archaeology, neuroscience, 13th-15th century science, 17th-19th century scholarship and exploration, language, libraries, historical acts of cultural genocide, contemporary art theory and natural history. She is particularly interested in unfashionable branches of knowledge and epistemology. Her work involves complex layered installations comprising handmade books, text, drawings, etchings, pseudo-science machinery, metaphysical puzzles, ideology board games, garbage and archives, and has been exhibited and collected in Singapore and internationally.

Since 2013, Shubigi has been visiting public and private collections, libraries and archives globally for Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book. She released her first book from the project in January 2016. She has been featured in many exhibitions and lectures part-time in Art Theory and is a MFA Dissertation supervisor for the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, where she obtained her MFA (First Class), and BFA (First Class). She also holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Delhi University, India.

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