Mujahidin Nurrahman


Born in Bandung, 1982

Mujahidin Nurrahman is an artist who was born in Bandung (1982), where he also currently resi- des
and works. He studied and graduated with a BFA degree in printmaking major from Institute
Technology of Bandung. During his long tenure in art, that has spanned over fifteen years now, he
has regularly participated in many exhibitions around the world. His notable solo exhibitions are
Dogmatic Desires, ArtSociates, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta (2018); The Black Gold, Art Fair
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Chamber of God, ArtSociates’ booth in ArtStage Singapo- re, Singapore
(2016); Essentia, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, France (2015); Hidden, JIKKA, Tokyo, Japan (2015);
and Soft Power >< With All Reasons and Decisions, Lawangwangi Creati- ve Space, Bandung (2014).

Mujahidin’s works are of immaculate artistry, as he painstakingly cut papers into intricate ara-
besque patterns from the images of rifles, bullets, and missile rockets. He displays high craft-
manship to articulate the notions of anathema and disquietude out of an otherwise delicate and

decorative appearance, seemingly free from strife. Born into a devout Islam family, Mujahidin’s
artworks mostly addresses his concern with Islam and its stigmatized image in the world’s eyes, how
Muslims are branded with acts of violence and terrorism. To quote his statement in the catalog of
Bandung Contemporary Art Award #3: “I depict one of the perceptions that the world has on Islam:
behind the beauty, there is a strong perception of violence.”