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Jakarta Post

‘(Re)Imagining The Image’: Southeast Asian artists explore identity in reflection

  • Stevie Emilia


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Farcical portrayal: Ashley Bickerton, 'Sanur beach after Le Mayeur & Ni Pollok' (mixed media on jute, 2014). Bickerton is among the renowned expatriate artists who live on Bali whose work has entered the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as the Tate Gallery in London.(Courtesy of Gajah Gallery/-)

A group exhibition has invited eight prominent contemporary artists from Southeast Asia, including five artists from Indonesia, to confront and engage with images that span the region’s colonial era to the present. In the “(Re)Imagining The Image” exhibition, held until Oct. 4 at Gajah Gallery in Singapore, the artists draw upon a plethora of photographs from present-day personal pictures they took themselves to archival photographs that shed light on lost histories in their country of origin. They then reproduced, contrasted, concealed, distorted or subverted these original images into vivid, individual objects of art in their own right, from screen prints on fabric to watery ink on paper, to hyperrealistic oil paintings on canvas and three-dimensional, mixed media. Mangu Putra, 'Vickers Carden' (oil and acrylic on canvas, 2014) (Courtesy of Gajah Gallery/-) ...