Roadside Rojak Exhibition

Date : 18 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020
Time : 5am to 12mn daily
Venue : People's Gallery - Bukit Timah Gate (Botanic Gardens MRT Exit A), Nassim Gate Visitor Centre, Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate)

‘Roadside Rojak’ follows on from her previous exhibition ‘Another Life’ held at Singapore Botanic Gardens in May 2017 and in February 2018. It features a new set of photographs taken on her morning walks in and around the vicinity of the Gardens. This has been a daily journey for the past seven years of walking, ‘seeing, and sharing, no matter where she may be traveling.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to Kavita, there is incredible poetry on the pavements and roadsides. Each image is as found, she does not manipulate or arrange the compositions. Nothing is plucked, no photo shopping or filters are used and all images are taken with an iPhone to preserve the spontaneity. 

This series presents a mix of literal organic detritus, some rather abstract images while others capture the play of light and shadow presenting alternative ways of ‘seeing’. By slowing down our busy pace of ‘life’, becoming more aware of our surroundings, observing natural processes around us, we can all become more mindful about our own way of living, how we treat other inhabitants of this planet we call ‘ours’ and nurture rather than negate the Earth that sustains us all.  Appreciating the little things that make up our environment hopefully will make us more caring towards the world around us and our fellow inhabitants. 

This exhibition takes place across the People’s Gallery exhibit spaces at Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate), Nassim Gate Visitor Centre and Botanic Gardens MRT Exit A (Bukit Timah Gate).



Kavita Issar Batra is a British artist of Indo-British origin, to whom Singapore has been home for over ten years and has opened new horizons on her journey as an art practitioner. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is an important space to walk and observe nature from which she draws inspiration. She has had a number of solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Singapore, the UK and India, including of her photographs at the Singapore Botanic Gardens previously.

Kavita’s art literally finds inspiration on the pavements and roads she walks, in the natural ‘litter’ from the trees and plants we usually just trample beneath our feet.  Natural philosophers and the greatest teacher, these bits of bark, seedpod, leaves, flowers etc. find voice through her photographs, videos, paintings and installations.



21 Dec 2019, 830am - 10am, Meeting point : Nassim Gate Visitor Centre 

12 Jan 2020, 830am - 10am, Meeting point : Bukit Timah Gate (Botanic Gardens MRT Exit A) 

18 Jan 2020, 830am - 10am, Meeting point : Tanglin Gate Visitor Services Counter


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