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In Her Body

NAOMI SAMARA 16 OCTOBER 2020 - 20 NOVEMBER 2020


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IN HER BODY


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A Catalogue for ‘In Her Body’ an Online Exhibition Featuring Naomi Samara 16 October 2020 - 20 November 2020 at www.cakravala.com Curated by Cakravala Text by Adella Bahar

Photography by Cakravala Naomi Samara Published by Issuu Catalogue Design by Brina Paska Digital Catalogue


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Mother 4 (2020)


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CURATORIAL STATEMENT Presenting our first solo exhibition with Bali-based artist, Naomi Samara. ‘In Her Body’ will run from 16 October 2020 - 20 November 2020.

The human body is a tangible, mortal aspect of our existence which continues to reproduce and evolve beyond our lifetime. Our bodies have become the social inscription of power and meaning, but to what extent does society blur our perception of it and how well do we know it ourselves? How can we let go of objectifications of our bodies? Guided by Naomi’s mythical figures, this exhibition examines the female body as a physical entity and captures the notion of strength in femineity. The strong sense of narrative infused throughout these bodies of work deeply reflect on the experiences we encounter and the roles we are expected to play. As you flick through these pages, the sensual and intimate nature of Naomi’s female forms drives us to detach from external factors governing our perception of life as a means to connect and come back to ourselves. Projecting internal dialogues into canvas and paper, her work draws attention to process as an exploration into the different facets of human emotion.


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Highlighting the imbalance of power between gender roles, the concept of empowerment is nuanced by ‘creatures’ illuminated against a dark backdrop across her canvas works, symbolic of the resilience and hopefulness possessed by women. Naomi builds upon layers of paint swayed by her intuition to create a strong foundation for her female forms. Further captured in the identities of these partial human figures is the transformative nature of our existence. Like an unfinished work, they will continue to morph into changeable forms over time as a metaphor for all the different layers of life, identity and meaning. In her distinctive way, Naomi attempts to redefine what it means to be human through her inquest into the female body. Using the body as a framework, Naomi always begins her brushstrokes by assessing her physical components. The process of dissecting and disassembling her starting point then comes after, helping her to identify underlying feelings and emotions.

Larger than life in scale, the feminine creature portrayed in Mother 4 is her latest assemblage of different mediums surfaced together. Immersing herself in an introspective space, the work interweaves all the ideas and notions that came to mind during its process, which are manifested in progressive coats of charcoal and paint. Depth and intensity make for an evocative piece through her use of dark colours, resulting in a beautifully haunting disposition of the female form and her companion. Naomi’s works appear to ask, where does our strength and power come from? How can this be projected into everything else? Through Mother 1’s enticing gaze, she seeks to question and encourage us to look deep within to find our own answers. ‘In Her Body’ denotes in itself – a process of connecting with one’s soul, of embodying the core power stored within all of us.


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Two Heads II (2019)


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Snake Mother I (2019)

Two Heads I (2019)


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Naomi’s series of paperwork tells a tale of her creatures’ journey through life. Touching upon love; loss; heartbreak; survival; death and everything in between, this narrative connects us through a collective understanding of the stories we all share. The series is an ode to life.


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Portrait (2019)


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EXPLORING LINKS BETWEEN ARTIST AND CULTURE Tari Bedhaya Originating from Java, Tari Bedhaya is a sacred art form which represents the ethics and values of Javanese culture. For the female performer, it’s about connecting with their mental and emotional body – highlighting the significance of process more than the performance itself. Here we explore the similarities between Naomi’s process and the philosophy of Tari Bedhaya.

There is the saying that ‘Javanese women have to “know it all” (serba bisa)’. Traditionally, women of Java are expected to have the ability to perform different tasks to carry out various roles within the household. This places heavy emphasis on her physical body and presents them with bigger responsibilities to fulfil in comparison to men. Resulting in the objectification of the female body within their social culture, Javanese women must follow strict ethics and morals regarding the way they think, act, speak and dress, which ultimately limits their freedom and makes them subordinate to men. They are further raised to nurture their mental body to cultivate perception, imagination, interpretation and a deep understanding of Javanese cultural values to apply it within their daily lives.


Image taken from Devijanto | Jogja Today | New York Public Library | Rijks Museum


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As a form of resistance to challenge their subordinate role, Tari Bedhaya transforms societal expectations into internal power, portraying women as the main symbol for Javanese culture and expression. The sacred art form is primarily an expression of the female body – conveying ideas, notion, hope, power and emotions – which are revived through dance and movement. The strong embodiment of power within Tari Bedhaya is one that is eternally associated with the female form. Beyond their external facade, each performer is trained to use their kinaesthetic senses in which all their muscle memory and body experiences become valued. The dance offers them a sense of ownership and autonomy, anchored by the layers of strength and depth of feeling cultivated within.


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Centuries ago, the Bedhaya dance could only be performed within the grounds of the royal court. Despite changes in its limitations over time, the essence of its tradition and methodology has always remained the same to protect its sacredness. Ritual purifications and offerings must be carried out by each dancer, as the Javanese believe that the spirits of past Kings and Queens, specifically that of Ratu Kidul, are present throughout the performance. The image of the Bedhaya performer is viewed as a mystical and enchanting being conceived by both the heavens and the seas, where their bodies are thoroughly explored to have the ability to perform complex movements in a gentle and

fluid manner. Elegant, soft and graceful, the dance is an expression of inner strength and emotion to demonstrate the extent as to how the female body is highly honoured within their culture. The exhibition title foregrounds the similarities between Naomi’s work and the philosophy of Tari Bedhaya, where the connection lies in ‘process’ – the process of going inwards and picking your body apart to truly connect with the soul and intangible part of our existence.


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Seated I (2019)


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Form 2 (2019)


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“I consider my body as a medium. Before I start drawing or painting, I assess and utilise my body to express the feeling and impulse I am trying to get across. It’s about finding that internal dialogue within the self because I believe that there is still so much to discover and uncover within us. Even though it starts with me as an individual, I feel like it’s an extension of everyone else’s experiences.”

NAOMI SAMARA

Form 4 (2019)


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Form 2 (2020)


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Form 1 (2020)


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NAOMI SAMARA Born and raised in Bali, Naomi is a Javanese descendant whose innate ability to transcribe emotions through art is geared by her strong sense of curiosity and the means to explore various concepts. Being highly influenced by her grandmother, her artistic practice was developed from a young age as it became a vital source and outlet for her to communicate and connect with her surroundings; projecting an idea, feeling or gesture. Upon completing her diploma in Graphic Design and Visual Arts, Naomi moved to Melbourne to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Soon after realising that it didn’t align with her true passions, she returned to Bali and began curating independent shows amid her freelancing career as a graphic designer, whilst simultaneously cultivating her works and continually evolving her artistic practice. Working across painting, drawing, writing and jewellery, the process of creating art for her is highly intuitive. Though she continues

to explore different mediums, Naomi has always used her own body as a tool and starting point to translate internal dialogues. She is fascinated by the female body in all its beauty and potentiality, drawing on themes of power and control; heritage and identity; our state of being and transformation, intimately captured within female forms. Naomi’s works are deeply personal to her as her experiences in life are coalesced into overlays of paint, altering some of her creations over time. As an artist, she seeks to become the final ‘courier’ who will continuously acquire tools and knowledge to convey ideas and stories already existing within space and time. Naomi gravitates toward the approach of experiencing art as a multifaceted narrative, demonstrated through her various mediums and modes of expression.


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“I really try to tackle the idea of power through my work because it is such a loaded concept. What does it mean to be powerful? I feel like being born and raised in Indonesia as a woman, I have become aware that power comes in a very different form. So I always contemplate on our ability to give birth and to give life. This is something I always try to address because that true sense of core power is sometimes, if not most times, lost in translation.�

NAOMI SAMARA


Mother 2 (2019)


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Mother 1 (2019)


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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND CURATORIAL PROJECTS 2019 July – Pentimento – A speculative Trace – Group Exhibition – Dia.Lo.Gue. Artspace | Jakarta Indonesia 2016 December – Sex In the Garden – Solo Exhibition – Ghostbird + Swoon | Bali, Indonesia November - Minky Custom Show | Curator – Ghostbird + Swoon | Bali, Indonesia 2015 December – Little Things | Curator and Artist - Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia October – Maternal Skin a Solo Exhibition by Citra Sasmita – Curator – Ghostbird + Swoon | Bali, Indonesia August – Flesh + Flora ; a Solo Exhibition by Resatio Adi Putra – Curator – Ghostbird + Swoon | Bali, Indonesia July – ‘Sacred Realms’ – A charity Exhibition – Curator – Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia May - Exquisite Corpse | Curator Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia February – ‘Everywhere We Go’ – Solo Exhibition by Ryan Mitchel – Curator Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia

2014 November – Portable | Curator – Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia June – Portraits from the Stockroom | Assistant Curator and Artist – Biasa Artspace | Bali, Indonesia 2013 June – Space/ Ruang | Group Exhibition – Curator and Artist | Bali, Indonesia May – SAMPAH | a group Exhibition and charity event – Curator – Swoon Gallery | Bali, Indonesia March – VERTIGO | Group Exhibition – Curator and artist – Swoon Gallery | Bali, Indonesia February – NAO HONDA – Solo Exhibition – as Curator – Swoon Gallery | Bali, Indonesia January – Cataclysm | Group Exhibition - Curator + Artist – Swoon Gallery | Bali, Indonesia 2012 Portraits – Painting Exhibition by Samara Naomi & Salvita Decorte | Salim Gallery | Bali, Indonesia 2010 Blowing Smoke, Group Charity Auction – As Curator – Saka Artspace | Bali, Indonesia


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ARTWORK PRICE LIST


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Mother 4 (2020) Mixed media on canvas 140 x 250 cm 31,500,000 IDR


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Mother 1 (2019) Mixed media on canvas 122 x 160 cm 23,100,000 IDR


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Mother 2 (2019) Mixed media on canvas 122 x 160 cm 23,100,000 IDR


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Form 1 (2020) Mixed media on canvas 80 x 100 cm 12,600,000 IDR


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Form 2 (2020) Mixed media on canvas 80 x 100 cm 12,600,000 IDR


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Form 4 (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Two Heads II (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Snake Mother I (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Two Heads I (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Portrait (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Seated I (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Form 2 (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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MORE ARTWORKS BY NAOMI


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My cage is bigger than yours my love (2017) Acrylic on canvas 80 x 150 cm 26,250,000 IDR


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Caressing Space (2018) Acrylic on canvas 80 x 150 cm 23,100,000 IDR


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Night Portrait (2020) Acrylic on canvas 50 x 60 cm 6,300,000 IDR


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Reclined (2020) Acrylic on canvas 60 x 80 cm 6,300,000 IDR


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Here (2020) Acrylic on paper - framed 36 x 46 cm 4,200,000 IDR


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Form 3 (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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Form 2 (2019) Acrylic on paper - framed 33.5 x 42 cm 3,570,000 IDR


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ABOUT CAKRAVALA Cakravala is a digital platform showcasing the works of new and emerging artists. Holding solo and group exhibitions, the platform highlights Indonesia’s diverse art and culture scene by representing it through a contemporary narrative. The platform highlights Indonesia’s diverse art and culture scene by representing it through a contemporary narrative. No different than a physical gallery, we aim to traverse the offline to an enriching online experience with a means to nurture the connection between you and our artists, without being restricted by the absence of physical space.

DEFINING CAKRAVALA Cakravala is derived from the Indonesian word ‘Cakrawala’ which translates to ‘the horizon’. The horizon is defined as the line where the surface of the earth and the sky appear to meet - a sight of a line that divides two substances. Cakravala teaches the notion of looking at things from more than a one-dimensional perspective and raising curiosity toward other worlds. Cakravala is the horizon through which people can access and experience a heterogeneity space, making art accessible for younger generations and beyond.


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TERMS AND CONDITIONS Shipping Policy Your artwork(s) will be shipped to your address once we have confirmed your order and payment. Artwork(s) will be sent from various locations depending on where the artist is residing. If you are located in Indonesia, your item will be delivered to you using JNE. Shipping cost is not included within the retail price. You will be able to choose your shipping service at check out. If the main expedition has problems such as closing, there is a possibility that we will use another expedition. We will notify you of changes in shipping prices within 1x24 hours after changes to the expedition used For international shipping, please contact mail@cakravala.com to make a direct purchase with us. We will choose the most suitable courier service for your country and assist you in completing the payment process. If your payment is not received after 48 hours of purchase confirmation, your order will be cancelled. For domestic and international orders, if you do not receive your order within 30 days after your payment and confirmation, Cakravala will refund your money in full. The order will be deemed received if there is no confirmation of Artwork receipt within 7 (seven) days after the delivery service tracking system stating the Artwork has arrived at its delivery destination In the event that the artist is unable to make immediate delivery for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. Refunds of payment will be made a maximum of 48 hours after notification of late delivery Travel insurance cost is included in shipping cost. Return Policy Cakravala is dedicated to ensuring the satisfaction of our art collectors. So, once you have received your original artwork, you have seven (7) days to decide whether or not you would like to keep, return or refund any artwork you have purchased through us. Artwork prints are eligible for return 28 days after the date you received your order. You may return any eligible artwork provided that it is returned to the artist in its original condition and packaging. For detailed information on how to return either an original work, please read through our Refund and Return Policy. Before reading the instructions provided below on how to return an original work, please carefully read our Original Artwork Return Policy:


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1. Original Artwork Return Policy Once you have received your original artwork, you have seven (7) days to decide whether or not you would like to keep, return or refund your item. We also require all returned artwork to be shipped out by the buyer within two (2) days after confirming with us that the work will be returned. *Do not ship the artwork before contacting us; please send a confirmation of your return/refund to us in advance!* If you fail to notify us within 7 days after receiving your item or you do not ship the work within 2 days of notifying us, you will not be eligible for a refund. 2. Returning Original, Undamaged Works a. Within seven (7) days of your merchandise delivery date, please email us on mail@cakravala.com and provide us with your order information and the reason for your request to return/refund. Please include the photo After the request for a return or refund is approved, you can repack the artwork. b. Please repackage artwork using the original packaging materials used by the artist. If packaging has been disposed, you will be responsible in re-purchasing packaging materials to send the artwork back to the artist in a safe condition. We also do not cover the cost of sending the artwork back to the artist including but not limited to shipping insurance. c. Send us an email on mail@cakravala.com when you have completed the return process. Please send documents such as shipping receipt, photo of repacking of artwork. Once the artwork has safely reached the artist, we will process your return and your money will be refunded to your original source of payment in the same as your original order (minus shipping costs and international customs fees, if any) within 5-7 business days of your item return. 3. Important additional return information: Additional shipping fees may apply for international returns. 4. What if my artwork arrives in a damaged condition? a. Within seven (7) days of your merchandise delivery date, please email us on mail@cakravala.com and we will get back to you promptly. b. Do not dispose of original packaging. c. Document and take photos and videos of damaged artwork and packaging. Please email these photos to mail@cakravala.com d. The Cakravala team will contact you to discuss the next steps. Tax Retail price of each artwork is inclusive of 5% local tax.


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In Her Body Catalogue  

'In Her Body' is running on our website from 16 October 2020 until 20 November 2020.

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