Rendy Raka, Arah Nyata_ Tampak Perkembangan, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 250 cm

A GROUP EXHIBITION

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Askanadi • Aurora Santika • Awang Behartawan • Ayu Arista Murti • Ayu Rika • Endry Pragusta • Feri Eka Candra • Garis Edelweiss • Hojatul • Irskiy • Iskandar Fauzy • Izal Batubara • Januri • Kanoko Takaya • Rendy Raka Pramudya • Restu Taufik Akbar • Theresia A. Sitompul • Triana Nurmaria • Ummi Shabrina

FEB 14 - MAR 15, 2020

“…….
What would art mean,
If it is detached from the suffering of the surrounding.
What would thinking mean,
If it is detached from the matter of life."

- W.S Rendra. Sajak Sebatang Lisong (19 August 1977)

In a scene from Yang Muda Yang Bercinta (1977), a movie directed by Sumanjaya and is starred by W.S. Rendra himself, the poem above was read out in front of students of Institut Teknologi Bandung –two days after the celebration commemorating the Independence Day of Indonesia. It was a precarious situation: the political situation was chaotic, the economic situation was deteriorating, and the people were affected by such circumstances. As we all know, W.S. Rendra used Sajak Sebatas Lisong as a mean to encourage fellow artists to voice out the issues which surround them, and also as a reminder that they should not be afraid of the oppression from the regime which they criticize through their works of art.

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Feri Oktanio

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