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Jakarta Post

Indonesian artists take on myths and modernity in ‘Eclipse’

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  02:30 am

Rooted in tradition: Eddy Susanto's Madyapada Keabadian is inspired by the Javanese myth of Batara Kala.Two Indonesian artists — Eddy Susanto and Eldwin Pradipta —have taken a stab at the relevance of mythology in a scientific age, 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 the year 998, the giant Batara Kala was said to be the cause of eclipses, stemming from his grudge against Batar...