WELCOME TO 'TOWARDS REVIVAL'
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Citra Pratiwi, who goes by the name of her studio Rawraw, is a cross-disciplinary artist and curator based in Yogyakarta. Learning to produce art from local art communities, she began to develop her own style of abstract works by using thick paint and layering techniques. Starting with a liquid base, Rawraw mixes pigments with concrete to construct depth that sees her work extend beyond its own fixture. From paintings to installations, theatre performances and writing, her works reveal substance hidden beneath form, emotion, and human consciousness highlighted by her use of colour.
The series of works she created for this exhibition considers the problems of urban poverty where her accumulation of vibrant tones frame a dialogue with one another. Like a poem, they represent contrasting concepts surrounding the things she observes.
“For me, a colour is an object; colour is a form as much as it is energy”
WAYAN YUSA DIRGANTARA
Wayan Yusa Dirgantara is an abstract visual artist from Bali who is currently based in Yogyakarta. Before embarking on his art degree, the artist discovered that he suffers from partial colour blindness, which led him to create monochrome works at the start of his practice. As he continued to study colour solely from reading theories and descriptions, he formed a strong sense of imagination and began creating his own tones that go beyond what the eye can see – associating it with meaning and emotion. Where we perceive tinted colours of the ocean and serendipitous pink strokes, Yusa views them as brown and earthy pigments. Throughout his work, colour is used to manifest memories, stories, feelings and our spirituality to a physical form.
In this exhibition, he reveals the memories he had in his hometown as he reflects on his experiences with local fishermen and notices the flow of nature. Through abstract works, he meditates on fishery depletion and the ways traditional fishing can be a more sustainable approach in preserving our ocean.
IRENE X IRENE
Drawing inspiration from nature and her surroundings, Irene Febry is a mixed media artist working with recycled materials and found objects. Evolving from painting to collaging, she began exploring and incorporating unconventional materials as a conceptual approach in giving them a new life. The details in Irene’s collages form an intimate experience between the observer and her work, taking us through the evolution of each substance by inviting us to look closer.
Irene Insan is a Jakarta-based photographer who takes an indirect approach to expose the stories behind her subjects. Her works foreground the tiny details that are often overlooked by the viewer. Sam Ratulangi’s notion of “si tou timou tumou tou”, which translates to “humans live to humanise human”, serves as the foundation of her photographs – constructing a thorough observation of each subject that allows her to communicate in a more meaningful way.
In this exhibition, the series titled ‘Memories of The Beach’ is a cross-boundary between tangible and intangible, experimental and theoretical processes in art. Taken at the start of the pandemic when beaches in Bali began to clear, a common thread lies in both artists creating deep, structured images with intimate feelings.
ABOUT OUR COLLABORATORS:
Haka is an Aceh based NGO which stands for ‘Hutan, Alam dan Lingkungan Aceh’, or ‘Forest, Nature, and the Environment of Aceh’.
Their mission is to strive for a stronger and healthier Aceh. They believe that this is created through an empowered civil society, whose members contribute to the wellbeing of the province. This can be done through actively engaging and participating in activities that enhance environmental function with an to aim provide clean air, water, earth, as well as sustaining our forests, rivers and ocean. Protecting and restoring all of these elements is vital for community development and will result in a safer, more stable and peaceful Aceh that will benefit generations to come.
Kynan Tegar is a young filmmaker from the Dayak Iban tribe of Sungai Itik, West Borneo, Indonesia. Since finishing primary school, he has pursued his passion in film and photography, covering stories surrounding nature and the culture of his people. His approach in filmmaking involves learning about ancestral knowledge from the adat leader Apai Janggut, who fiercely defended the community from illegal logging.