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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Jompet Kuswidananto

b. 1976, Indonesia

Jompet Kuswidananto was born in Yogyakarta, he divides his time between Bali and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He studied Communication at the Faculty of Social and Political Science of Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He was a musician and during 1995-1999, he produced recording albums and performed in several gigs. Visual arts then became the main focus in the years after, trained and learned to be visual artist by and from the local art community.

Kuswidananto produces installations, videos, sounds, performances and scenographies. Working for years with Teater Garasi, a Yogyakarta based contemporary theatre group, gives a significant influences to the artistic approaches. xts. In much of his work, the idea of a ghost as a forgotten memory or haunting social presence has given birth to kinetic installations where symbols such as military costume come alive with sound and light.

In January 2014, he won the best installation category at the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore with his work, Cortege of the Third Realm.

Featured Artworks

Power Unit by Jompet Kuswidananto contemporary artwork Jompet KuswidanantoPower Unit, 2015 15 human size figures, megaphones, shoes, motor lights, mechanical hand and digital sounds
Arario Gallery
On Paradise, The Dogs by Jompet Kuswidananto contemporary artwork Jompet KuswidanantoOn Paradise, The Dogs, 2018 Chandeliers, drums, shoes and masks
Arario Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, BAEK Kyungho, Jompet Kuswidananto, Rae Sim, Zhu Xiangmin, JET LAGGED at Arario Gallery, Seoul
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19 July–7 October 2018 BAEK Kyungho, Jompet Kuswidananto, Rae Sim, Zhu Xiangmin JET LAGGED Arario Gallery, Seoul | Ryse Hotel

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The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam has commissioned Grand Parade - a major art installation for its Great Hall — by the renowned Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto.In his work he shows a constantly changing world and the way in which the identity of individuals and groups change with it. Dozens of human figures with drums and weapons, motorbikes...

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