Green Zeng is a filmmaker and artist from Singapore. HIs art practice explores issues of historiography and identity, and examines how history is scripted, perceived and disseminated. His earlier work focused on areas such as alternative histories, student activism, and the social-political understanding of landscape. His current work questions the connection between the archives, the State and the individual, and the role that an artist plays in Foucault’s notion of ‘parrhesia’ (truth-telling).
In 2015, his debut feature film, The Return, made its international premiere in competition at the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week. Zeng has also directed short films such as Blackboard Whiteshoes, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and Passenger, which in the same year was awarded the Encouragement Prize at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition in Tokyo.
As a practicing artist, Zeng has exhibited widely in Singapore and abroad. In 2011, Zeng held two solo exhibitions, Malayan Exchange, at the Arts House and An Exile Revisits The City at The Substation in Singapore. His most recent solo exhibition Returning, Revisiting & Reconstructing was held at Foundation Cinema Oasis in 2019. In 2012, he was a Finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was nominated for the Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize. He won the Bronze Award in the 26th UOB Painting of the Year (Established Artist Category) in 2018.