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"Search for the secret of the forest", an exhibition of Pietro Lo Casto at Singapore International Photography Festival, 20 November - 19 December 2020



Singapore International Photography Festival presents the photography exhibition “Search for the Secret of the Forest” by Pietro Lo Casto

Date: 20 Nov 2020 — 19 Dec 2020Add to calendar

Venue: Newton (DT11) Downtown Line. View location here

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A complex relationship between man and nature defines life in the village of Tangia Basti, South Eastern Nepal. A sprawling forest surrounding the community provides and, at times, even takes away. Inherited cultural beliefs and mysterious rituals bind the lives of the inhabitants to the land.

A man climbs a tree to collect wood, hunts animals at night and knows his way miles deep into the jungle. A former Maoist soldier bathes in the river, he has found solace in the calm of the woods. An archaic tree sits silent, high as the sky, absorbing the darker spirits of the forest and preserving the natural balance of the community. A young girl with esoteric powers uses animal energy to heal those possessed by ghosts.

The community has been living in a state of uncertainty for more than 25 years due to the proposed construction of an airport. The village is completely cut off from the national electricity grid, houses have no running water and there’s no telephone connection. In spite of this fragility, people have built roads and schools, grown resilient and created a lively existence.

About the Artist

Pietro Lo Casto is an Italian Visual Artist who works with images and video. Born in Bologna, 1986. Currently, he is based in Bangkok as an Associate Researcher at the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development of the University of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Prior to photography, Pietro studied Marketing and worked in the advertising department of Apple incorporation in London. He stumbled upon image making through an exceptional encounter during a solo trip to South America, where he also experienced a profound personal connection with nature. Lo Casto’s work explores social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on the impact they have on the relationship between man and nature.

In 2020, he is one of the three winners of the 15th edition of Canon Prize for Young Photographers.

The Singapore International Photography Festival is a biennial gathering of minds from all over the world with the common goal of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much-needed arena for critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia.