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Jakarta Post

Hadassah Emmerich: Looking beyond identity

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 24 2010   /  08:58 am

The question of identity is an ever-present theme, which many artists like to explore as part of their self-discovery. JP/R. Berto WedhatamaBerlin-based painter Hadassah Emmerich, who has a German-Dutch-Indonesian-Chinese background, however, said she had moved past trying to use art as a way to discover herself. Her mixed-background prompted her to explore themes on different cultures, although she said she had abandoned using art to retrace her heritage background or reconnect with different cultures to find herself. “I think now I’ve accepted more that you will never really know. It’s also up to you to be who you want to be,” she said. “I’m interested in artwork, not necessarily ‘me’ anymore,” she said. The 36-year-old was in Indonesia recently for her latest exhibition at the Dutch cultural center Erasmus Huis, running from April 10 to May 4. Titled “Exopolis: Kem...