Jogja Agro Pop
5 December - 18 January 2015, Main Gallery
Curated by Rain Rosidi
For our final show of the year, Equator Art Projects is pleased to present Jogja Agro Pop, a group exhibition featuring nine Indonesian artists: A.C. Andre Tanama, Arwin Hidayat, Decki ‘Leos’ Firmansah, Farhan Siki, Farid Stevy Asta, Krisna Widiathama, Nano Warsono, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro and Wedhar Riyadi. There will also be a pop-up shop with an array of merchandise by: Anagard, Farhan Siki, Farid Stevy Asta, Isrol Medialegal, Krisna Widiathama, LOVEHATELOVE X FAKELAB, Methodos, Petek Sutrisno and Riono Tanggul Nusantara.
This exhibition spotlights some of the most distinctive voices emerging from a younger generation of artists living in Yogyakarta. These artists are loosely collectivised by their tendency to mix images from local and international popular culture, comics and pop art into their visual language. Their works are visually arresting; often with oversized, fantastical characters as the central element of the composition and are characterised by their highly detailed finish and loud colours screaming for attention.
Growing up witnessing the changing landscape of agricultural Yogyakarta; the artists explore the effects of urbanisation, balancing opposing values: rural and urban, tradition and modernity. Although not directly engaged in politics, the works are often a satirical commentary about society and issues faced by contemporary artists today. These artists seek alternative modes of creative expression; their multidisciplinary practice is not solely limited to traditional mediums like paintings and sculpture. Many of these artists have expanded their practice to produce merchandise like T-shirts, stickers and accessories, as well as experimenting with unconventional materials.
About the curator
Rain Rosidi is an independent curator and lecturer at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta. He worked as curator for the alternative space Gelaran (2000). In 2003, he joined the arts management residency program at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and at the Asia Australian Art Center (Gallery 4A), Australia. His curatorial works include Neo Iconoclast (2014), Future of Us (2012), Jogja Agro Pop (2011), Indonesian Disjunction (2009), Utopia Negativa (2008), Jawa Baru (2008) and others. Rosidi is the Artistic Director of the 2015 Jogja Biennale Equator #3: Indonesia meets Nigeria. Rosidi lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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