Now Showing | Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia at National Gallery of Australia

 

Zico Albaiquni
For evidently, the fine arts do not thrive in the Indies 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

 
 

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS

INDONESIA

 
 

June 21, 2019 - October 27, 2019

National Gallery of Australia

This exhibition looks at the creative practices of Indonesian artists working since the fall of President Suharto in 1998, an event that marked the end of three decades of the repressive, discriminatory New Order regime.

The years from the mid-1990s leading up to this transformative moment in Indonesian history are known as the Reformasi period, when voices of dissent calling for reform became audible. From 1998, in the post-Reformasi era of transition from an authoritarian regime to a democracy, the sudden, unfamiliar opportunity for innumerable individual beliefs and opinions to be broadcast created a declamatory cacophony accompanied by tactical maneuvers as numerous social and political groups jostled for prominence.

The post-Reformasi era of artistic practice in Indonesia has witnessed wide-spread engagement with global issues, and the adoption of new materials and approaches by younger generations of artists. This has been supported by the critical refocussing of art-schools and universities, teachers, curators, collectors and gallerists to determine and champion Indonesia's art history: from within Indonesia, on Indonesian terms.

Of major significance to the post-Reformasi era, is the confident resounding of work by a number of senior artists who have emerged from the Suharto years as inspirational leaders, globally recognised for their pivotal guidance of Indonesian art history throughout an era of repression.

The artists in Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia explore diverse concepts ranging from sexuality, gender roles and family, to environmental concerns, the art market, new materials and forms, the everyday object and how we might listen to and learn from the sounds of Indonesia. This exhibition is a snapshot of creative activities in Indonesia now, and provides witness to an incredibly dynamic group of artists who are engaged, connected and responsive to a number of the most potent ideas and issues, globally.

Spearheaded by the National Gallery’s Asian Art and Contemporary Art curatorial teams, the exhibition is a significant cross-cultural initiative involving numerous Australian and Indonesian experts, particularly collaborating curators Alia Swastika, Enin Supriyanto, Dr Agung Hujatnikajennong and Grace Samboh. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, installation, moving image, photography and textile, and features a performance program and a film series curated by renowned Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho.

Exhibiting artists in Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia are Zico Albaiquni, Akiq AW, Febie Babyrose, Faisal Habibi, Herbert Hans, Duto Hardono, FX Harsono, Ruddy Hatumena, Mella Jaarsma, Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusuma, Jompet Kuswidananto, MES 56, I Gusti Ayu Kadek (IGAK) Murniasih, Eko Nugroho, Garin Nugroho, Octora, Yudha ‘Fehung’ Kusuma Putera, Tita Salina, Tisna Sanjaya, Handiwirman Saputra, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Melati Suryodarmo, Agus Suwage, Julian Abraham ‘Togar’, Tromarama, I Made Wiguna Valasara and Entang Wiharso.

 
 

Exhibition Preview

 

Zico Albaiquni

 

Artist Zico Albaiquni with his works Ladies and gentlemen! Kami present, Ibu Pertiwi! (2018) and The stage of earthly delight I (2018)

 

Zico Albaiquni
For evidently, the fine arts do not thrive in the Indies 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Zico Albaiquni
Ladies and gentlemen! Kami present, Ibu Pertiwi! 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Zico Albaiquni
The stage of earthly delight I 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Zico Albaiquni
The stage of earthly delight II 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Zico Albaiquni
The stage of earthly delight III 2018
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

 

FX Harsono

Artist FX Harsono with his work Gazing on collective memory (2016)

 
 

FX Harsono
Gazing on collective memory
2016
wood, found objects, books, ceramic bowls, wooden butter mould, wooden cookie mould, metal spoons, 3D digital prints, framed photographs and electric candle lights
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2018
© FX Harsono

 

Eko Nugroho

 

Artist Eko Nugroho with Carnival trap 2 (2018)

 

Eko Nugroho
Carnival trap 2 2018
resin, wire, upcycled plastic, iron and synthetic polymer paint
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

Eko Nugroho
Carnival trap 1 2018
resin, wire, upcycled plastic, iron and synthetic polymer paint
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

 

Eko Nugroho
Throw away peace in the garden 2018
manual embroidery with rayon thread
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

 

Eko Nugroho
We keep it as hope, no more no less 2018
manual embroidery with rayon thread
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

 
 

Octora

 

Artist Octora with Samsara (2017)

 

Octora
Global apartheid voyeurism: The pose 2017
durational performance and installation
Courtesy of the artist

Octora
Samsara 2017
print on steel with Balinese brass hair accessories
Collection of Amit Holckner, Melbourne

 

Yudha ‘Fehung’ Kusuma Putera

 

Artist Yudha ‘Fehung’ Kusuma Putera with his work Past, present and future come together 2017 (series)

 

Yudha 'Fehung' Kusuma Putera
Past, present and future come together
2017
series of 9 inkjet prints with accompanying instructions for participatory elements of the work
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2018

Yudha 'Fehung' Kusuma Putera
Past, present and future come together 2017
series of 9 inkjet prints with accompanying instructions for participatory elements of the work
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

 

Tisna Sanjaya

Artist Tisna Sanjaya with his work (Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue) (2019)

 
 

Tisna Sanjaya
Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue) 2019
large installation comprising boat, metal beams, 3-part platform, steps, horn speaker, video; spoken word performance
Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia 2019.

 

Albert Yonathan Setyawan

 

Artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan with his work Shelters (2018-19)

 

Albert Yonathan Setyawan
Shelters 2018-19
terracotta; slip cast
Commissioned 2018. Purchased 2019.
© albertyonathansetyawan

Albert Yonathan Setyawan
Shelters 2018-19
terracotta; slip cast
Commissioned 2018. Purchased 2019.
© albertyonathansetyawan

 

Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro & Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusuma


Artist Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro and Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusama with their work Silent Operation: Sign study based on the formula of contemporary (visual) art (2018-19)

 
 

Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro & Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusuma
Silent operation: Sign study based on the formula of contemporary (visual) art 2018-19
installation comprising neon wall-works and interactive game application
Commissioned and purchased 2019

 

Melati Suryodarmo

Melati Suryodarmo
Transaction of hollows 2016
durational performance including bow, 800 arrows and costume; single-channel video: 14:45 minutes, colour, sound
Purchased 2019
National Gallery of Australia © Melati Suryodarmo

 
 

Transaction of hollows 2016
durational performance including bow, 800 arrows and costume
single-channel video: 14:45 minutes, colour, sound
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2019
First performed at and produced by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden (1922 October 2016),
© Melati Suryodarmo

 

Entang Wiharso

Artist Entang Wiharso with his work Temple of hope: Door to Nirvana (2018)

 
 

Entang Wiharso
Temple of hope: Door to Nirvana 2018-2019
stainless steel, aluminium, car paint, light bulbs, electric cable and lava stone
Commissioned 2018. Purchased 2019.
© Entang Wiharso, Black Goat Studios

 
 

More Exhibition Highlights

Agus Suwage
Fragmen pustaka #2 after Raden Saleh 2018
drawing in graphite, watercolour, ink and tobacco juice over handwritten text in pen and black and blue ink on 16 found notebooks
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

Mella Jaarsma
The landscaper 2013
costume: wood, paint, iron and leather; single-channel video: 3:40 minutes, colour, sound
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia Photo by Mie Cornoedus

Faisal Habibi
Untitled 2017
brass and plexi-glass
Courtesy of the artist and ROH Projects, Jakarta

Agus Suwage
Mr C dan Gauguin's girl 2017
drawing in graphite, watercolour, ink and tobacco juice with temporary tattoos
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia

Tita Salina
1001st island - the most sustainable island in archipelago 2015
plastic waste, fishing net, rope, floats, bamboo, LED lights and oil barrels; single-channel video: 14:11 minutes, colour, sound
Courtesy of the artist

I Made Wiguna Valasara
Rekonstruksi semesta (oposisi biner) (Reconstruction of the universe (binary opposition)) 2017
cotton canvas, calico lining, synthetic filling, cotton/polyester thread [red, gold, purple, black, green, navy blue, royal blue and yellow threads]; machine sewn, trapunto
Purchased 2018
National Gallery of Australia © Made Wiguna Valasara

 
 

Special thank you to Sandra O’Malley, Jessica Barnes, and National Gallery of Australia.