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‘Tale of Nowhere’:Transcending boundaries to reach an imaginary world

  • The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 21 2021   /  01:00 am
Mythical: Bali artist Citra Sasmita blends Bali’s traditional 'kamasan' painting style with retelling traditional folklore in the ‘Tales of Nowhere’ exhibition at Museum MACAN, which runs until May 21 in Jakarta.(Museum MACAN/-)

With the pandemic confining people to their homes, virtual exhibitions may offer consolation to the weary minds and souls. The latest exhibition at Museum MACAN in Jakarta, “Tales of Nowhere”, by Balinese contemporary artist Citra Sasmita blends imagination and technology to deliver just that. Her 8-meter long scroll painting, based on Bali’s classical fables, brings to life mythical animals for children and adults to play in and explore the magical realms it presents. Citra incorporates a traditional Balinese painting style known as kamasan to retell traditional folklore and adapt it for the contemporary social context. The artist imagines a kingdom of mythical animals in her painting, which have been digitized to be exhibited online. Tales to tell: Artist Citra Sasmita reconstructs Bali’s classic fables for her latest commission at Museum MACAN. The g...