Nov 30, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020

Interlocking the Memorabilia of Subject: a Working Notes for the Show of Reciprocities

Nov 30, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020

Meeting  the artists who are showing in Reciprocities has encouraged me to  re-question the aesthetic nature of art. If aesthetics are often  associated with something nice and beautiful, how to categorize the  connection built between the darker-themed works and the audience? For  me, it is not merely a matter of taste. There are basic things that  support such connection.

In  general, fine arts and aesthetic studies have developed far beyond what  Kantian thinkers have predicted. The modality of art continues to  change: from its attachment to the medium (medium-based specific), to  become dependent on the discussion (discourse-based specific), and now  seems to be largely determined by concrete socio-cultural issues  (context-based specific). The focus of the value also changes. Quoting  from Bambang Sugiharto (2013) –the focus of value on art has changed  from a matter of beauty, to a technical problem, then to a matter of  meaning, and then again to the impact of sensation, and finally, to the  process of mutual significance between the artist, the work, and the  appreciators.

Hamada Adzani

Sep 11 - Oct 11, 2020

Confluence: In Pursuit of Going Beyond the Romanticized Encounter

Sep 11 - Oct 11, 2020

The  search for the meaning of an encounter will very likely be romantic. I  used to wonder if it is possible to discuss an encounter by going beyond  the mere romanticization thereof while preserving the emotions and  beauty within. Will it be possible to perceive an encounter as beautiful  if the two entities meeting each other come from different origins? If  yes, how do we recognize such an encounter not as a mere celebration? It  was the latter that actuated my thought to look beyond the romanticized  feelings brought forward by an encounter.

To write for this exhibition, I started with finding the meaning of the  word ‘Confluence’, after which this exhibition is named. This is when  the thought sparked. In different online references, confluence is a  term used to describe the coming together of two streams. Said  definition implies that the two streams come from different upstreams,  but they head to a single destination. Therefore, they finally meet  somewhere.

Gatari Surya Kusuma

Feb 15 - Mar 28, 2021

The Wanderlust - The Wanderer Vessel:
An Intermediate Space in Infinite Seeking

Feb 15 - Mar 28, 2021

An Opener: A Little Faith in an Uncertain Journey

The  year 2020 saw many surprising things for mankind, ranging from various  natural disasters, political turmoil in various countries, large mass  movements in response to various world issues, to the death of legendary  figures who were influential in the world. Every year, there are always  recurring disasters and new political upheavals. All of these events  seem normal and normal like the previous years, it's just that 2020 is  not covered with the devastating waves of the global COVID-19 pandemic  which affect all aspects of human life.

Discussion  about the impact and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is a topic of  concern throughout 2020, but apart from that, there are many new and  good things to be done by the community during the pandemic. Both in the  virtual world and in the real world, kindness continues to be shared  and broadcasted. Apart from all the suffering humanity has experienced  as a result of the pandemic, it must be admitted that affection,  kindness and solidarity also continue to be seen, read, heard and felt.

Lily Elserisa

Feb 14 - Mar 15, 2020


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.

Fery Oktanio
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