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10 April 2023—We Don’t Recognise What We Don’t See at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery

Last week, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery kicked off ‘We Don’t Recognise What We Don’t See.’ Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the show features 40 compelling works by Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Intent on creating an interactive exhibition, the artist took his practice to new heights. Visitors can pick up UV torchlights and shine them on works to reveal animals (extinct or otherwise); reflecting the artist’s concern for the environment, the extinction of certain species, and humankind’s destruction of the natural world. 

There’s even a looming crimson wall where you’re invited to literally make your mark on the artwork, by pressing your hand against it and leaving an imprint. 

The poetic presentation left us in two minds. While there was a certain thrill in uncovering images of animals printed on the works, like a detective following a mystery trail, the exhibition was also equally sobering as it foregrounded humanity’s ruinous legacy on the natural world. 

Check out the photographs below for a glimpse of the exhibition!

Rirkrit Tiravanija: We Don’t Recognise What We Don’t See runs at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery from 8 April – 4 June 2023.