Presenting our first group exhibition featuring 3 Bali-based artists: Nova Kusuma, Shiddiq Machmud and Fuad Machmud, 'Tracing Culture' runs from December 16th 2020 until January 29th 2021.
"Humans adapt to their surroundings. This ability to adapt is visible throughout my work in the way I merge different cultures and disciplines. The diaspora of people, beliefs, religion and ways of living helps expand our culture so it is our job to protect it."
Indonesia’s long history of art has undergone many transformations where its biggest one lies in the blurring of artistic distinctions. Due to Western influences which spread during the colonial period, it undermines the strong sense of identity our culture possesses. Today, young emerging artists are finding ways to revisit their heritage and redefine Indonesian art through a contemporary lens. Incorporating fragments of culture throughout their work, the juxtaposition of tradition and contemporaneity explores how traditional art, custom and attire were a big part of the daily lives of our ancestors. By recasting historical references to shape new modes of storytelling, these artists investigate the role of culture and heritage in our modern world – collectively restoring the identity of Indonesian art whilst still maintaining their individuality.