Arahmaiani, Shadow of The Past: Shadow of The Past - exhibition showcasing artists Arahmaiani's works
Arahmaiani is one of Indonesia’s most seminal contemporary artists, she has been internationally recognized for her powerful and provocative commentaries on social, political and cultural issues since the 80s.
Arahmaiani is considered a pioneer in the field of performance art in Southeast Asia. Her practice has diversified and also incorporates a wide variety of media. She explores the inseparable relationship between art, music, science and the three principles of philosophy - death, the origin of life and their relationship with the Almighty.
The exhbition also includes some of her photographs and videos from her experiences in ''Tibet Shadow of the Past (2016) '' that explores nature and spirituality, as well as some paintings that were inspired by Pegon Arabic or Jawi letters derived from Arabic writing that were then transformed and used for local languages to show the existence of creative, adaptive abilities and appreciation for cultural diversity; for which is basically a characteristic of culture in Java or the archipelago in general. These all ties back to her original themes of spirituality, cultural syncretism, and humanity’s interconnectedness with nature, feminism in religious context and her fascination of the buried past of her native Java and its rich Hindu-Buddhist cultural heritage that are still under-recognized.
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Indonesian Luxury is pleased to announce Shadow of the Past, the pop-up exhibition of world-renowned Indonesian artist Arahmaiani, with an opening reception on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, between 1 – 4 PM. The exhibition is organized by Indonesian Luxury and curated by ISA Art Advisory.
The exhibition will highlight Arahmaiani’s recent works in adjacent to her solo exhibition The Past has not Passed (Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu) at Museum MACAN. The celebratory private viewing will be accompanied by an artist talk and a special performance by Arahmaiani in collaboration with Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Gamelatron project at Indonesian Luxury Viewing Space.
Recognized as one of Indonesia’s most influential and respected artists, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world since 1980. Shadow of the Past is a follow-up to an important landmark for contemporary Indonesian art as Arahmaiani is the first Indonesian artist to have a solo show at Musem MACAN, the first institution of its kind in Indonesia. As part of Indonesian Luxury’s mission, we want to present the best of contemporary Indonesian art while educating and promoting its values and impact on individuals and society. Thanks to Arahmaiani and Aaron Taylor Kuffner, this show will bring our vision to life.
Additionally, Shadow of the Past will feature some of Arahmaiani’s photographs and videos from her experiences in Tibet in 2016, exploring the natural environment and spirituality. Some of the paintings on display were inspired by Jawi or Pegon, an Arabic alphabet used to write the Javanese and Sundanese languages, in particular for poetry and ancient religious writing. Transformed for local languages, they symbolize the existence of creative, adaptive abilities and an appreciation for cultural diversity, characteristic of Javanese culture and the archipelago in general. Arahmaiani’s work ties back to her original themes of spirituality, cultural syncretism and humanity’s connection with nature as well as feminism in religious context and her fascination with the buried past of her native Java and its rich Hindu-Buddhist cultural heritage, still under-recognized.
For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects.
Since 1980, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her works have been performed and exhibited widely in museums and biennials, including: the Venice Biennale (2003); Biennale of the Moving Image, Geneva (2003); Gwangju Biennale (2002); Bienal de São Paulo (2002); Performance Biennale, Israel (2001); Biennale de Lyon (2000); Werkleitz Biennale (2000); Bienal de la Habana (1997); Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (1996); and the Yogya Biennial (1994). In New York City, she was included in the landmark 1996 exhibition, Traditions/Tensions, at Asia Society, as well as Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. Her performances and other artworks have recently appeared in institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and Indonesia.
About ISA Art Advisory
ISA Art Advisory is a Jakarta-based art consultancy offering a full range of services for corporate and individual clients. Our objective is to increase the public awareness and highlight the benefits of bringing art out of museums and galleries into public spaces. ISA Art Advisory provides art consultation services from strategy and planning, to procurement, installation and insurance. With expertise in both international and Southeast Asian art, and a passion for Indonesian modern and contemporary art, we assist our clients in starting or developing their collections and incorporating art in all aspects of their life, whether at home or in the office.
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