450 Folded Paper Lilies, 900 Hours from 70+ Volunteers from Around the World

Updated: Nov 24

Reflecting on the hardships of the pandemic and the rise of virtual communication, artist Benedict Yu presents “生 Rebirth”– an exhibition that revisits the collaborative strength of people and communities.

From 13 to 14 August, visitors were invited to attend workshops and co-create an installation from A4 paper that resembles a pond of White Spider Lilies (彼岸花 “Bi An Hua” in Mandarin), a flower which symbolizes resilience and purity.

Desiring to create an inclusive space that brings people from different walks of life together, Benedict strives to foster meaningful conversations through art. Accompanying his community installation, “生 Rebirth” also consisted of studio visits and studio tours.

“生 Rebirth” as part of 醉生夢死 erosion.

Benedict Yu

11 - 15 Aug 2021 | 12 pm to 9 pm daily

HEARTH by Art Outreach, 47 Malan Road #01-24, Singapore 109444

Workshops and Volunteer Set-Up

White Spider Lilies (彼岸花 “Bi An Hua” in Mandarin) are often mentioned in East Asia's floral languages which describe the conceptual idea of "crossing from the physical world to the spiritual world." By folding these paper flowers, the participants along with the artist commemorate the victims of the pandemic. Some of the participants who have lost their family members, friends, or colleagues, translate their complex emotions and sorrow into the process of paper folding. Through virtual gatherings, people across the globe were also able to share with each other their previously unspoken words.

Each flower takes 2 hours to make, from cutting 8 pieces of 10cm x 10cm of squares of A4 printing paper, to the gluing of the petals. Each process takes tremendous focus and dedication. Some of the participants have shared with Benedict that they view this process of paper folding as an activity that takes place in their worlds of constant flux and chaos, being at peace in their minds, and joy for the small accomplishments in their lives.

Media and Publication

Channel News Asia

Video Clip taken from Channel News Asia

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