"The younger generation today is wide open to information, connections and networks where there is no specific limitation or complexity in distributing works, ideas or discourses. This is actually quite easy for them, and I hope Indonesian art can become more advanced and developed in the international world."
Contemporary Indonesian artists, Eko Nugroho came of age artistically in the tumultuous and creative period following the downfall of President Haji Muhammad Suharto. Eko makes art for and of the people, based in the street and on his own experiences, and frequently uses cartoonish figures with masked faces to explore the absurd condition of being human. He keeps political and social criticism at the heart of softly subversive works, which span painting and sculpture to shadow puppetry and embroidery.
"Art is the world in which you can play and express yourself as much as you desire to; there is no limit to the imagination. I enjoy very much to be part of the wild and fun fantasies, and at the same time there are so many ways to share with others."
Uji Hahan Handoko
Born 1983 in Kebumen, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko got his start at the Faculty of Fine Art at Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. Always described in a breathless flurry of adjectives like bold, brazen, offbeat, rebellious or punk, the multidisciplinary artist is characterized by an effervescent inquisitive energy. Hahan questions everything and is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. One of the main aspects of his work is the duality between perceptions of “high art” and “low art” which he uses as a critique on the art world as a commodified society. Hahan also explores the influence of pop culture and consumerism beyond drawing and painting, and includes these social phenomenon as integral concepts in his art making.
"As a photographer living in in contemporary times where to produce an image is not a big deal, most important is to interfere with reality and offer an alternative way of interpreting the world. So the skill of reading what is hidden and invisible for me is very useful to survive as visual artist."
Wimo Ambala Bayang
Born in 1976 in Magelang, Wimo Ambala Bayang studied interior design at the Modern School of Design, Yogyakarta, and photography at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta. He primarily works in photography and video, with the important aspects of his creative process being history and facts. Provoking the viewer to question small things that happen in life, Wimo strives to find hidden perspectives. He is interested in presenting political criticism in his work, but for him being political goes beyond the state; it is mostly about how we are politically and socially constructed and perceive reality through visual imagination. Wimo also has a big interest in using performance as a method in his video or photographs.
"My journey to become a photographer was inspired by freedom of expression."
Chris Bunjamin’s approach to photography is initiated in the timeless, subtle, expedient moments of the surroundings he is in. He hopes to “catch the things in life that others don’t see” by capturing the unique characteristics of a subject or setting. After attending Canada’s Sheridan College for a degree in Applied Photography, the now Jakarta-based lensman cultivated his craft by creating images for commercial and high-fashion campaigns. Chris is currently travelling around Asia and Australia doing commissioned works while also shooting for his exhibition projects.
"What I have been pursuing through my work has always been the exploration of fictional narratives; the borderline between reality and fiction with absurdity, fear, horror and speculation as the main themes. I build these narratives as a means to communicate."
Natasha Tontey is an artist and graphic designer based in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, Indonesia. She is interested in exploring the concept of fiction as a method of speculative thinking. Through her artistic practice, she investigates the idea of how fear, horror and terror could be manifested in order to control the public. Her works have been shown internationally at Next Wave Festival 2016, Australia; Koganecho Bazaar 2015, Japan; and Jejak-Tabi Exchange 2018, Yogyakarta. Her solo exhibition “Almanak” was held in 2018 at Cemeti Institute for Art and Society in Indonesia.