Uji 'Hahan' Handoko Eko Saputro
Uji 'Hahan' Handoko's work is characterised by an ongoing tussle between “high art” and “low art”. Blurring realism with decoration, each work illustrates a point of contact that exists between urbanization and agrarianism, the East and the West or between the local and the global. Hahan incorporates film, music and street culture into a distinct visual language where the canvas explodes with bold colours that slip over strong outlines. The colour slippage adds to the sense of movement and spontaneity in what can be described as a topsy-turvy reality.
Born 1983 in Kebumen, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art at Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. In 2008, Hahan participated in the National Art Studio’s artist in residence programme in Seoul, Korea and in the same year was named the top 30th finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta.
He has been the subject of solo shows in venues such as Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2014); Langgeng Art Gallery, Jakarta Art District (2011) and SIGIarts, Jakarta (2009). Since 2003, the artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. For example, ArtJog14, Jogjakarta (2014); The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2012); National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2011); Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2011); Korea International Art Fair, Seoul (2010); Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta (2010); Biennale Jogja X, Yogyakarta (2009) and Havana Biennale, Cuba (2009).