Snail Paradise

Artist: Chang En-Man
installation, photography, miscellaneous | Site-specific installation: photography, videography, embroidery and recipes | 2019

In Snail Paradise, Chang En-Man retraces the route of the arrival of the Giant African Landsnail (Achatina fulica) into Taiwan. Originating from Africa, the species was introduced as a farmed food source during Japan’s colonisation of Taiwan in 1933. Although regarded as an invasive species and a pest, the snail is also regularly featured in numerous indigenous recipes in Taiwan. Snail Paradise follows Chang's 2013 project looking at the snail’s cultural significance in Taiwan. Tracing the snail to its last point of departure prior to arriving in Taiwan – namely Singapore – Chang embarks on her SB2019 project, collaborating with local artists to explore attitudes towards the snail as an ingredient in a range of recipes.


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan