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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Eko Nugroho

b. 1977, Indonesia

Eko Nugroho was born and bred in Yogyakarta, in the heart of Indonesia’s most densely populated island, Java. Trained at the Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia), he entered the local art scene in the late 1990s, during the Reformasi (Reformation) era, when Indonesia was breaking free from the reigns of its New Order regime.

It was an intense and exciting period in Indonesia’s contemporary art history; freedom of expression had suddenly become a reality, and for the artistic community, this tabula rasa meant that anything and everything was possible. Cities like Yogyakarta became the center for dynamic expressions and new approaches as artists seized the opportunity to play, experiment, and exercise their newfound freedom. He daringly took on the city as his inspiration and his canvas, working across disciplines, agilely jumping from highly visible murals project to paintings and drawings, book projects, comics and animation to embroideries, sculptures, and recently contemporary interpretations of wayang kulit (shadow puppets), a traditional art form performed regularly in his village.

Early Eko Nugroho works include murals and ‘mixed-media installations’ where homemade stickers, embroidered badges and drawings were pasted on the inner city walls for public consumption. . Imbued with macabre humour and satire, Nugroho’s comic inspired work may come across as seemingly straightforward – often a central figure standing against a simple background, presented as a series of simple scenes from a larger narrative­ – while the artist’s inimitable ‘pating tlecek’ style of fusing and juxtaposing a wide range of visual elements (and languages), lends his work a certain layer of absurdity.

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Featured Artworks

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The Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia” by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork Eko NugrohoThe Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia”, 2016 Fiberglass painted with acrylic, manual embroidery
ARARIO GALLERY
Love, Ego, Money by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork Eko NugrohoLove, Ego, Money, 2013 Cast paper mask with screen print, marbling, STPI handmade paper
112 x 41 x 38.5 cm
STPI
Do We Know Ourselves? by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork Eko NugrohoDo We Know Ourselves?, 2013 Konnyaku paper mask with wood block, found object, coloured STPI handmade paper
66.5 x 36 x 36 cm
STPI

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, Allegories & Identities at STPI, Singapore
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18 November–23 December 2017 Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso Allegories & Identities STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Looks Good on Paper at STPI, Singapore
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19 November–23 December 2016 Group Exhibition Looks Good on Paper STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 at STPI, Singapore
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5–8 December 2013 Singapore Tyler Print Institute Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 STPI, Singapore

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Art Basel Encounters Curator, Hong Kong

Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has held a range of senior roles in independent art centres across the country. These include Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, both in Melbourne. Currently, Glass-Kantor divides her time between working as executive director of Artspace, Sydney, one of Australia’s...

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Eko Nugroho Ocula Conversation Eko Nugroho Artist, Indonesia

Indonesian contemporary art has enjoyed the attention of the international arts community in recent years. By tapping into the country’s distinct mix of ethnicities, religions, cultural influences, and languages that make for a rich and layered sense of national identity, Indonesian artists are increasingly communicating their unique...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL Related Press HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL ArtAsiaPacific : 3 May 2017

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial has already been in full swing for one month by the time I arrived in Hawai'i. Directed by Fumio Nanjo of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, and curated by Ngahiraka Mason, formerly of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Biennial, entitled Middle of Now | Here, is the first-ever event of its kind in the Pacific...

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8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Art Radar Journal : 5 April 2017

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow Related Press M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow Art Radar Journal : 21 October 2016

M+ has been steadily building their collection since the late 2000s, unlike many of the museums built in the period 1990-2010 as part of a global museum building boom and that opened without a single artwork to their name. Barcelona’s Museu d’Art Contemporani, London’s The Power Station of Art and Beijing’s Red Brick...

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Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris Related Press Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris Art Radar Journal : 19 October 2016

The Parisian edition of Asia Now, 20 – 23 October 2016, intends to create a France-based platform for commercial and 'intellectual exchange' for the Asia-pacific arts community. Art Radar previews 6 must sees and speaks to Director Alexandra Fain about the fair in its second edition as well as curator Magda Danysz about the special...

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