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Majulah Singapura - Tree Project


Wed Jan 15 2014, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu Jan 16 2014, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri Jan 17 2014, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat Jan 18 2014, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun Jan 19 2014, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road , Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project is an endeavour to explore the interconnections between art, history and nature with the people of Singapore. Hiroshi Sunairi has worked with participants in Singapore, to whom he has distributed seeds of the trees that survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima (known as Hibaku trees), inviting them to grow these seeds and nurture the seedlings. The project shares a profound experience of growing such trees as a gesture of remembrance of the catastrophic event of the war, and allows participants and viewers to connect the steadfast strength of nature in their silent testimony to their lives.

The exhibition will feature seedlings grown from the project under natural light, alongside information and photographs about the Tree Project around the world.

The participants - like others who have nurtured plants from the Hibaku - have also been interviewed by the artist, and these interviews form part of Tree Project Film, to be screened at the Festival.

Join us for the film screening of Tree Project Film on 8 and 10 January 2014, 8pm at The Salon, National Museum of Singapore. Previously screened at 10th Green Film Festival, Seoul and the Cutlog Festival, New York City and subsequently developed into a full-length documentary, Hiroshi Sunairi's Tree Project Film is a portrait of Chikara Horiguchi, a tree doctor in Hiroshima who specialises in caring for Hibaku trees, those that survived the atomic bombings. Horiguchi's story is augmented by current footage of some of the iconic Hibaku trees, including Camphor, Plantae, Ginkgo and Camilia.

The artist and filmmaker Hiroshi Sunairi will be present for a post-screening dialogue session.

Born in 1972 in Hiroshima, Hiroshi Sunairi is an artist and filmmaker, who has exhibited his work internationally. His most recent second feature-length documentary, air, is an account of a road trip to Fukushima, Japan, in August 2011, just months after the disaster of 3/11. He has screened his previous film Making Mistakes, a travelogue in Tibet as well as Where It Flows Out Into the Plains at film festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA. As an artist, he has presented Elephant in the Room, a series of works about public memory. He currently teaches in the Art Department at New York University.

As a supplement to Majulah Singapura - Tree Project, visit the Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore. The World War II component features the experiences of individuals as well as groups of people who underwent the traumatic period of Japanese military invasion and occupation of Singapore. These experiences bring a human dimension to war and its aftermath, to show a wide range of wartime behaviour and experiences in Singapore during the period.