Friday, 29 July 2011

Indonesian hive of artistic activity

window-installed Mella Jaarsma's ”The Fire Eaters”, 2011
Paris' prestigious Avenue des Champs-Élysées
with its clipped chestnut trees, cinemas, cafés
and luxury specialty shops is one of the most
expensive strip of real estate in the world 
where the 'Espace culturel Louis Vuitton' 
proudly hosts exhibitions by emerging 
artists from distant countries.

Arie Dyanto's ”The Dark Wave”, 2010
Heri Dono's ”Angels face to the future”, 2010
For its 16th exhibit the notorious griffe's art
space hosts ”Transfiguration - Indonesian
Mythologies”, the extraordinary showcase
of a dynamic generation of Indonesian artists
mostly from the Java island city of Yogyakarta
which is publicly acknowledged to be 
the real ”hive of artistic activity” 
of the whole country.

Eko Prawoto's ”Bamboo House”, 2011
the exhibition poster
Eleven emerging artists from Indonesia
showing new or specially reconfigured
artworks in the contemporary setting
designed by Alain Batifoulier: Heri Dono,
Arie Dyato, Mella Jaarsma, Jompi Jompet,
Agung Kurniawan, Eko Nugroho, Ariadhitya
Pramuhendra, Eko Prawoto, Bayu Widodo
and Tintin Wulia.

Agung Kurniawan's ”Portrait of forgotten memories”, 2010-11
one of Bayu Widodo's paintings
The gripping exhibition takes as a focus
the new mythologies of contemporary
Indonesia exploring the way in which
myths are related as well represented
to the modern-day society, its character
and identity through the works of already
established artists such as Heri Dono
(displaying two paintings and the amazing
installation of ten creaking angel-like
characters) to brand new names like
”street painter” Bayu Widodo and Ariadhitya
Pramuhendra (whose burned-out sort of
church installation hosts the artist's
self-portrait as a hooded monk).

Ariadhitya Pramuhendra's installation, 2011
A truly energetic and stimulating exhibition
through which the eleven Indonesian artists
tell the cultural story of their immense country
where tribalism, traditional beliefs and 
modernity uniquely merge.

Eko Nugroho's ”Strangers always look strange”, 2010

1 comment:

  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    That is a joy to read something about the country where we lived and worked for so many years! Our foster-daughter from Java, did study graphic design and yes, we are very familiar with Yogyakarta! That's the university city and where the Sultan is residing. Lots of silver smiths and batik art as well. Great for that nation to get a bit more recognized internationally. They have so much to offer!

    Enjoy a wonderful weekend!