21 June – 27 October 2019
National Gallery of Australia, ACT Canberra
This major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art will showcase 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta.
Featuring recent works and large-scale commissions, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia explores the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s closest neighbour in the turbulent post-Reformasi era: the fall of the Suharto regime through to the present day.
Through a striking variety of artistic approaches,Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia reflects the social and political changes negotiated by Indonesia over the past 20 years. Three generations of artists explore concepts ranging from sexuality, gender roles and family, to environmental concerns, the art market, material and form, the everyday object and how we might listen to and learn from the sounds of Indonesia.
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.
Highlights include the Australian premiere of Transaction of Hollows, a thrilling durational performance by Melati Suryodarmo, Uji (Hahan) Handoko Eko Saputro’s neon exploration of the machinations of the contemporary art market and a suite of Zico Albaiquni’s vibrant paintings specially created for the exhibition.