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Total eclipse of the art: Indonesian artists take on myths and modernity

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, November 20, 2019  /  04:32 pm
Total eclipse of the art: Indonesian artists take on myths and modernity

Rooted in traditional: Eddy Susanto's "Madyapada Keabadian" is inspired by the Javanese myth of Batara Kala. (Courtesy of Komunitas Salihara/Widhi Witjak Cahya)

Mythology holds little relevance in a time where most of everything can be explained by science, yet its cultural significance still resonates to this day, from folktales to pop culture. Two Indonesian artists – Eddy Susanto and Eldwin Pradipta – have taken a stab at the phenomenon, and arguably at the modern myths of the current era. Simply titled “Eclipse”, the joint exhibition is held at Galeri Salihara, South Jakarta, until Dec. 7 in collaboration with Bandung-based ArtSociates. An artists’ talk show followed by a curatorial tour is scheduled for Nov. 21. Exhibition curator Asmudjo J. Irianto told The Jakarta Post that the theme was borne from Eddy’s artworks theme of eternity, which drew on the legend of Batara Kala from Javanese mythology. In the myth, written in the Adiparwa texts dating back as far as 998 AD, the giant Bat...