All images by the ICZ



JOurnal & Books

The journals and publications of the ICZ



The first edition of A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World was first published in 1973.
It serves as a medium for original studies based principally upon the collections in the Museum and the research of the Institute.

The current edition features Plates 1 - 55.

More information here


Initiated by Zhao Renhui

Designed by H55 in Singapore
Published in 2013
Edition of 500
55 plates with documents and booklets contained in a hand crafted archival box
34cm x 24cm x 3cm
Individually signed with a 21cm x 14.8cm issued print certificate

Sold Out




More information here

Images by Robert Zhao Renhui

Designed by H55 in Singapore
Published in 2016 by The Institute of Critical Zoologists
Edition of 400
32 images, 104 pages. Soft Cover with Wrap around.
23cm x 30cm x 0.9cm (Thick)

ISBN: 978-981-09-8310-9

Purchase book here via Paypal>
Singapore :
Worldwide Shipping :
Asia :






Christmas Island, Naturally

More information here

Images by Robert Zhao Renhui

Copyediting by Adeline Chia

Designed by H55 in Singapore
Published in 2016 by The Institute of Critical Zoologists
Edition of 450
130 images, 196 pages. Semi-hard Cover, Bounded.
23cm x 30cm x 2cm (Thick)

ISBN: 978-981-09-8638-4

Purchase book here via Paypal>
Singapore :
Worldwide Shipping :
Asia :






The whiteness of a whale

Zhao Renhui & Satoshi Kataoka

A project with The Institute of Critical Zoologists

More information here

Text edited by Chia Hui Ting & Dr Yoshio Masui
Conception and Project Management : Zhao Renhui, Satoshi Kataoka
Language and Text Translation : Tom Hayashida (Japanese-English)
Copyright 2010. The Institute of Critical Zoologists

Purchasing a copy of The whiteness of a whale

Edition size: 600 (50 numbered edition with limited edition print)
Format: Soft cover
Size: 17 x 24 cm
Number of pages: 28
Type of printing: Offset/ Lithography
Type of paper: Naturalis, 157gsm
Name of printer: ICZ Press
Number of pictures: 16

$20 SGD Singapore shipping, Paypal

$25 SGD Worldwide shipping, Paypal






Phylliidae Studie; The Great Pretenders
A Journal of The Phylliidae Study Group of The Institute of Critical Zoologists

More information here


14 images, 44 pages. 29.5cm x 21cm x0.4cm (Thick)

Staple Bound. Edition of 500.


Center for Phylliidae Science
The Institute of Critical Zoologists, 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8711, Japan

ISSN 1413-118

Abbreviation: PSG

Singapore Shipping, Paypal:

International Shipping, Paypal:





A Bird in the Hand, Why Look At Birds

More information here

"The work to follow is an exploration of these complexities and reminds us that birds occupy a large and central part of that universe that human beings constantly carve out of nature." Ding Li

“In contemporary society birds are, perhaps, both the most watched and most eaten animal on our planet. They have become a focal point of debates about a 'proper' relationship between humankind and nature, and about definitions of humanity itself.” Naoko Noguchi

Against the very real environmental drama unfolding across the globe, multidisciplinary artist Renhui Zhao presents the exhibition A Bird in the Hand. The exhibition invites viewers to step into the The Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ), a multilayered conceit that operates across an array of levels.

"How do we celebrate 150 years of birdwatching?" Kimiya Yui

Essays by Naoko Noguchi, Director of Social Programs, Ding Li, Expert in Bird Ecology and Kimiya Yui.
The catalogue includes a special reprinted poster of Norishige Kanai's celebrated 'Looking at birds' (1957).

Editor: Chia Hui Ting
Editorial Board: Ding Li, Zhao Renhui

Published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists
(The Institute of Critical Zoologists publications are initiated by the Director of The Institute of Critical Zoologists)

Art Director: Tan Boon Hau
Book Design & Creative
Direction: TBH

Published 2011
First Edition (500 copies)
26 images, 28 pages.

17cm x 24cm x 0.4cm (Thick)


Singapore Shipping via paypal:

International Shipping via paypal:



Some Kind Of Expedition

More information here


Some kind of expedition is an exhibition at Project Space @ Art Stage 2012, Singapore.

Working closely with The Institute of Critical Zoologists for the last five years, Zhao Renhui has been cataloguing, classifying and creating photographs and objects around the scientific institution.

As an inspiration for the work, the artist spent 6 months at the North pole, which had a significant impact on his practice. 'Some Kind of Expedition' deals with some of the artist's concerns of the natural world, science, photography and beliefs from the last five years. 


Essay by Zhao Renhui and Satoshi Kataoka
The catalogue includes a special reprinted poster of important landmarked expeditions by the ICZ since 2001.

SBN: 978-981-07-1212-9


25 imags, 48 pages.

20cm x 27cm x 0.5cm (Thick)


Singapore Shipping via Paypal :

International Shipping via Paypal :





Horses and Canaries, 2013

“The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in November 2000. It is also included in the register of Landscapes of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales. The “Forgotten Landscapes” describe the area surrounding and including Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage site in South Wales. This global significant landscape was formed over many centuries through the combined efforts of nature and man.”

Published by Ffotogallery, Wales and Robert Zhao Renhui

16cm x 11cm x 0.6cm

Set of 10 postcards in a sleeve.

Edition of 500.


Singapore Shipping via Paypal

International Shipping via Paypal



The Land Archive 2011

The Land Archive (TLA) houses the collective memory of your landscape. TLA manages an extensive archive of documents from private memoirs, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
"What is an archive? To what extent does it serve as a collection that repressents a truthful account of what has happened, of history as distinct from memory? What is the logic of its construction and ordering, how sufficients is it, in whose interests was it founded and by whom?
The Land Archive, as is stated, 'houses the collective memory of your landscape'. There is something here that is heterogeneous to the authroity of the athourized archive. We might add, this is the stuff of folk tales, myths and stories that often becomes the reposity of displaced truth, of experience that are discarded as no longer relevant to the intersts and pragmatic ambitions of today. The consequence of the destructions of a natural enviroment is always belated, too late for the annals of a monumental history being written before time has run its course. This is an archive of which there is no evidence. Perhaps, this is an irony that mimics the kind fo archvie that claims that is is a sufficient authority unto itself. This irony begs the truth of others who make such claims based, as they are, on a wilful absence, if not the erasure of a country's history, written in the ligth of tomorrow, the fictive dream of becoming." (Dr. Charles Merewether)


More information here

Edition of 500

24cm x 17cm x 0.4cm

27 images, 49 pages







Singapore Shipping via Paypal

International Shipping via Paypal



Singapore, Very Old Tree 2015


Singapore is often known as a Garden City, but this is an impersonal image of anonymous trees and gardeners. Our project aims to boil this generic image down to specifics by exploring the concrete, personal connections that Singaporeans have made with trees. After all, what is loving nature without loving the individual plant?

Through our interviews, we found that people relate to plants in touching and occasionally surprising ways. For example, a group of Buddhists have been circling a rubber tree for an hour a day, for the past few years, as a form of walking meditation and to absorb the tree’s “energy”. A mangosteen tree has been sheltering a man for 20 years, since he saved it from the bulldozers. Another woman cries when her trees don’t fruit.

Besides featuring in individual stories, trees are living, breathing markers of history. The trees in our collection are of different ages. Some are old native species from pre-colonial times, when Singapore was mostly a freshwater swamp forest; others are younger trees that their owners planted from seeds.

The images on show are influenced by vintage hand-tinted Singapore postcards. In fact, Singapore, very old tree is named after the title of one of the oldest postcards in the National Archive, a 1904 picture of an unspecified tree.


More information here


Inside, you get 30 original postcards of the project by Robert Zhao, a map of interesting trees in Singapore, and a book of write-ups.

The box set costs $40 with local postage.

Limited Copies Available.

Thank you for your support!

Measurements : 15cm x 21.5cm x 2cm (Box), 60cm x 42cm (Map, Folded, Double Sided), 15.5cm x 10.5 cm (Postcard), 16.5cm x 11cm (Booklet, 62 Pages)

1 Box Set with local delivery via Paypal, Singapore

1 Box Set with local delivery via Paypal, International Shipping







For enquiries and combined shipping, please email


Terms and Conditions

We aim to ship all orders on the day when the order is placed. This can be very tough and sometimes we may dispatch your order up to 10 days after the order was placed. All our books are packed well with bubblewrap or foam wrap with a thick corrugated board all around.




We want you to be happy with your purchase. Please check the goods on delivery and ensure that they are supplied correctly. If any of the goods prove to be unsuitable please return them within 7 days in the original packaging and in an unused condition for a full refund less of any postage costs.


Copyright 2005-2016, Institute of Critical Zoologists