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ADITYA NOVALI/EKO PRAWOTO/ISWANTO HARTONO/TINTIN WULIA

THE WALL / STRUCTURE / CONSTRUCTION / BORDER / MEMORY

28 MARCH - 4 MAY 2014opening: 28 MARCH 2014

ALIA SWASTIKA

We live in an era where concepts of the wall have become benign, without associations that immediately take us to the arena of political tensions because of the definition of the wall as a separator and barrier. Over two decades since the fall of the Berlin wall, the use of the wall as a barrier in a physical sense, that separates “us” and “them”, “here” and “there” “this” and “that” - in association with religious beliefs, ideologies and values, has almost been left behind completely. Thus too with the protection of a physical wall, as in that which was built during China’s past era of greatness; it seems no longer relevant enough to be repeated. The world has become more open, so that we must always be ready to deconstruct borders.

 

Ironically, globalization and new developments in technology have also forced us to build new barriers and new walls, which seem to really separate us from the world that is closer to us. Fences around private residences have become even higher, government offices and public spaces are designed with walls that separate them, hence the concept of the public is reduced. New walls are designed by global and local economic powers that selectively dictate categories within social groups, creating distance and barriers. We are also witnessing the growth of invisible borders constructed form illusory space.

The exhibition includes four artists from architectural backgrounds, to respond to the notion of Wall and the Borders. On the one hand, as someone who studied construction and structure, they are offering interesting interpretative possibilities in the wall as a part of the structural concept, connecting it with the broad developments of free artistic vision in contemporary art, and at the same time, locating it as a significant socio-political phenomena.

 

ADITYA NOVALI/EKO PRAWOTO/ISWANTO HARTONO/TINTIN WULIA

Aditya Novali

Aditya Novali was born in Solo,in 1978. He started his artistic career at the young age of 7 as dalang cilik. In the age of 14, he had his own ever painting solo exhibition at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta. But later he decided to take Architecture major as his study in the Parahyangan University, instead of Arts, since it gives him a new opportunity to approach his art works in wider perspective. It was the same reason when he decided to pursue his further study at Conceptual Design in Design Academy Eindhoven. His works are often “playful” combining design in his artworks. The results are various series in diverse media. Thinking as a trained designer – due to his educational background – his approach to his works creating a realm of playfulness, socio-political criticism as well as invitation to the audience engagement.

Eko Prawoto

Eko Prawoto background and professional practice is an architect. He has a desire to bring man and nature closer together in his artworks. Eko Prawoto teaches at the Duta Wacana University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and his architectural portfolio includes award-winning projects such as Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta. His installations have been exhibited internationally, including presentations at the 2002 Gwangju Biennale as well as in Australia, Europe and Japan, and commissions by the Esplanade (Singapore) in 2011 and 2012. Eko Prawoto has also been deeply committed to and involved in rebuilding and recovery efforts in Ngibikan village in Indonesia after the 2006 earthquake, a project which was nominated for the Aga Khan Architecture Award.

Iswanto Hartono

Born in Purworejo, 1972, Iswanto is an architect and an artist. Iswanto explores the relation between the West and us, between the others and us, which is commonly reflected in his works. Iswanto's interest in history, identity and post-colonialism is based on his own roots. As a Chinese-Indonesian of Dutch descent, the matter of origins is one close to his heart. He penetrated the art region and actively exhibits at home and abroad. In 2007, he made his solo debut "Blue" at Galeri Soemardja in Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, and "Mellow" at Gallery K, Tokyo, Japan. His focuses much of his attention on politics, human kind and environmental issues. His work tends to bypass the boundaries between art and architecture.

Tintin Wulia

Tintin Wulia lives in Brisbane, Australia, and works internationally. Her works investigate the geopolitical borders that segregate our globalising world, informed by interdisciplinary research in art and critical geopolitics (PhD in Art, RMIT University 2014). Her approach to the mediums and materials is also interdisciplinary: she benefits from her architectural engineering (BEng in Architecture, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan 1998) and music (BMus in Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music 1997) trainings to hack and repurpose readymades across mediums, fusing installation, mural, video, sound and performance amongst others. Through interactive and participatory methodology she engages people in sociopolitical relationship models to foster critical dialogues. Her works are thus often process-based.

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