Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...
Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.
Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) was an icon of art activism in Indonesia. A fervent humanitarian activist, Siahaan fought courageously during a time of vast changes to Indonesia's political landscape, which reflects in his body of work. His keen and incisive social commentary through his art was an integral part of the anti-dictatorship and pro-people movement of the 1990s. Semsar was known for leading the rebellious student art movement of the 1980s, and the various labor rights activism the following decade.Read More
His installations and some of his paintings and drawings dealt directly with the abuse of human rights, and have become important signifiers of a distinct political climate in young contemporary Southeast Asia. Semsar's work mostly exuded a sense of realism as he always intended to immortalise humanism, challenging the social injustices that occurred. His frequently mentioned works included Olympia: Identity with Mother and Child and the magnificent G-8 Pizza.
Text courtesy Gajah Gallery.
This year's Jakarta Biennale will diverge from many of the curatorial practices of its predecessors. The Jakarta Biennale, which is set to open on Saturday at Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem in South Jakarta, will this year adopt Jiwa as its artistic concept. Jiwa is a concept that is almost impossible to translate into English, but for this...
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