A Catalogue for ‘Towards Revival’ a Virtual Exhibition in collaboration with HAkA, Kynan Tegar, and Nova Kusuma Featuring Rawraw, Wayan Yusa Dirgantara, Irene Febry x Irene Insan 28 July 2021 - 8 September 2021 at www.cakravala.com Curated by Cakravala Text by Adella Bahar supported by HAkA
Photography by HAkA Adrian Mawardi Exelsius Adam Wasis Sri Pangestu Brina Paska Kynan Tegar Arif Wibowo Utomo Published by Issuu Catalogue Design by Brina Paska Digital Catalogue
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Nova Kusuma Rawraw
Wayan Yusa Dirgantara
Irene Febry x Irene Insan
CURATORIAL STATEMENT Presenting our sixth exhibition ‘Towards
Since ancient times, our ancestors have used
Revival’ in collaboration with HAkA, Kynan
nature as the root of inspiration that births
Tegar and Nova Kusuma featuring Rawraw,
creation. The role of nature in art has since
Wayan Yusa Dirgantara, Irene Febry x Irene
evolved, as emerging Indonesian artists today
Insan running from 28 July 2021 –
are using art to reflect on environmental issues
8 September 2021.
and create awareness for a more sustainable future. How can we work collectively towards the restoration of our natural world? This exhibition explores the environmental concerns that are happening in Indonesia and our place within it. Through their own personal medium, each artist reveals different issues and evolving ideas about the environment - asking us to reconsider the relationship between art, nature and ourselves.
HAkA is an Aceh based NGO which stands for ‘Hutan, Alam dan Lingkungan Aceh’, or ‘Forest, Nature, and the Environment of
Aceh’. Their mission is to strive for a stronger and healthier Aceh. They believe that this is created through an empowered civil society, whose members contribute to the wellbeing of the province. This can be done through actively engaging and participating in activities that enhance environmental function with an to aim provide clean air, water, earth, as well as sustaining our forests, rivers and ocean.
Protecting and restoring all of these elements
rhinos, elephants, and tigers roam
is vital for community development and will
together in the wild. Protecting the Leuser
result in a safer, more stable and peaceful
Ecosystem is crucial as it provides clean
Aceh that will benefit generations to come.
water to more than the 4 million people who lives around it. It also plays a key role
For this exhibition, we partnered with HAkA
in disaster mitigation and acts as a carbon
to use art as a platform in raising awareness
sink. As of now, the landscape faces
towards environmental issues in Indonesia
threats from illegal encroachment, palm oil
with a focus on the Leuser Ecosystem
expansion and road developments. Such
located in Aceh.
environmental disruption has made an impact - increasing disasters in Aceh
The Leuser Ecosystem is a 2.6 million
and North Sumatra such as floods and
hectare of rainforest located in Aceh
landslides. Ensuring the Leuser Ecosystem
Province and North Sumatra province. It is
remains in tact is essential for a healthier
the last place on earth where orangutans,
However, the Aceh provincial government
Ecosystem from the proposed Aceh
is pushing through a spatial plan which
will open up much of this highly sensitive ecosystem for plantations, logging,
The first of its kind in Aceh, this citizen
mining, energy developments and road
lawsuit case is now in the Jakarta state
construction. This plan ignores the
court with a final decision expected any
nationally protected status of the Leuser
day now. Please stand with these brave
Ecosystem, the welfare of the Acehnese
citizens of Aceh and sign their petition
people and the acute risk of extinction for
asking President Jokowi to protect the
its iconic wildlife.
Leuser Ecosystem today!
The Aceh Citizen Lawsuit Movement
Visit this link to sign the petition:
(GeRAM) formed to fight back against this
destruction. Nine community leaders from around Aceh have taken the Indonesian
Join the community and help restore
Minister of Home Affairs, the Governor of
the Leuser Ecosystem by spreading the
Aceh, and the Aceh parliament to court
over the exclusion of the Leuser
Click here to sign the petition!
Follow HAkA on Instagram to be a part of this conversation:
COLLABORATORS Kynan Tegar
SUNGAI UTIK: The Fight For Recognition
On the 1st of May 2020, after more than 20 years of struggle, the Dayak Iban community of Sungai Utik finally received formal recognition for their customary forest. Today, the community has gained full rights to manage their land according to their local wisdom and traditions. Kynan Tegar documented part of their journey and produced a short film called ‘SUNGAI UTIK: The Fight For Recognition’. It highlights the struggles of the Dayak Iban community in taking back their rights, their decade-long unwavering protection of the forest and their hope for the future.
Kynan Tegar is a young filmmaker from the Dayak Iban tribe of Sungai Itik, West Borneo, Indonesia. Since finishing primary school, he has pursued his passion in film and photography, covering stories surrounding nature and the culture of his people. His approach in filmmaking involves learning about ancestral knowledge from the adat leader Apai Janggut, who fiercely defended the community from illegal logging.
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20 Nova Kusuma is a collage artist from Bali who began exploring the medium as he watched his friends create collages and murals in empty buildings. His works are a touchstone to the things he observes throughout his daily life, drawing influences from music, sci-fi horror films, social politics and street culture to create multi-universes in paper form. By merging historical with contemporary worlds, Nova maintains to use analogue and primitive techniques throughout his practice, as his process lies in deconstructing what exists to recreate it into something new.
COLLABORATORS Nova Kusuma
Leuser Ecosystem by Nova Kusuma
Nova Kusuma creates a collage in response to the issues that HAkA has raised surrounding the Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh. He highlights the beauty of our natural world and its beings - encapsulating our role as its protector.
studio Rawraw, is a cross-disciplinary artist and curator based in Yogyakarta. Learning to produce art from local art communities, she began to develop her own style of abstract works by using thick paint and layering techniques. Starting with a liquid base, Rawraw mixes pigments with concrete to construct depth that sees her work extend beyond its own fixture. From paintings to installations, theatre performances and writing, her works reveal substance hidden beneath form, emotion, and human consciousness highlighted by her use of colour.
Citra Pratiwi, who goes by the name of her
Berhimpit dan Berkelindan by Rawraw
Mazmur di Hari Rabu by Rawraw
“For me, a colour is an object; colour is a form as much as it is energy.” -- RAWRAW
Sajak Untuk Bonnie by Rawraw
Apa Ada Angin di Jakarta? by Rawraw
“How do the feel? How do they overcome inequality? What do they want to express? These were the questions that arose as I explored the theme of urban poverty. I feel that there is a gap in understanding the issues surrounding it, where the focus is geared towards physical aspects and structure alone. Yet, I believe that the urban crisis cannot be separated from its people, as the complexity of human psychology is part of the equation that lies in the need to achieve a modernised environment. Inspired by a series of essays by Emha Ainun titled ‘Apa Ada Angin Di Jakarta’ and WS Rendra’s poem about urban life from the book ‘Potret Pembangunan’, the colours and gestures I create juxtaposes this overarching issue and restores hope throughout the generations to come - for them to make our environment a more balanced and sustainable place to live in.”
The series of works she created for this exhibition considers the problems of urban poverty where her accumulation of vibrant tones frame a dialogue with one another. Like a poem, they represent contrasting concepts surrounding the things she observes.
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Sajak Taman Bunga by Rawraw
Feels Like Home by Wayan Yusa Dirgantara
Still Flow by Wayan Yusa Dirgantara
Wayan Yusa Dirgantara is an abstract visual artist from Bali who is currently based in Yogyakarta. Before embarking on his art degree, the artist discovered that he suffers from partial colour blindness, which led him to create monochrome works at the start of his practice. As he continued to study colour solely from reading theories and descriptions, he formed a strong sense of imagination and began creating his own tones that go beyond what the eye can see – associating it with meaning and emotion. Where we perceive tinted colours of the ocean and serendipitous pink strokes, Yusa views them as brown and earthy pigments. Throughout his work, colour is used to manifest memories, stories, feelings and our spirituality to a physical form. In this exhibition, he reveals the memories he had in his hometown as he reflects on his experiences with local fishermen and notices the flow of nature. Through abstract works, he meditates on fishery depletion and the ways traditional fishing can be a more sustainable approach in preserving our ocean.
@yusadirgantara Click here for ‘Inside the Mind of: Wayan Yusa Dirgantara’
“Throughout this series of work, I recall
our local fishermen are living in - peacefully
my experience in Benoa Bay and the
and in harmony with nature.
conversations I had with a local fisherman. I remember asking why he had not gone to
I see this fisherman as an artist, among
the ocean to catch some fish. As we both
many others, who have taken care of our
gazed out to the sea whilst drinking our
sea and the creatures that live within it for
coffee, he replied with “no sir, I’m waiting
many generations. He enjoys the process
for a good day”. In that moment, I reflected
of observing and having a dialogue with our
on the mass fishing that takes place in our
universe. To me, this is the essence of
seas, ordered by big cooperations who
true spirituality and the only way we can
targets hundreds of tons every day. It was
understand how to treat the natural world
then I realised the natural state of flow that
Menunggu Hari Baik by Wayan Yusa Dirgantara
Morning Hope by Wayan Yusa Dirgantara
Drawing inspiration from nature and her surroundings, Irene Febry is a mixed media artist working with recycled materials and found objects. Evolving from painting to collaging, she began exploring and
incorporating unconventional materials as a conceptual approach in giving them a new life. The details in Irene’s collages form an intimate experience between the observer and her work, taking us through the evolution of each substance by inviting us to look closer.
Irene Insan is a Jakarta-based photographer who takes an indirect approach to expose the stories behind her subjects. Her works foreground the tiny details that are often overlooked by the viewer. Sam Ratulangi’s notion of “si tou timou tumou tou”, which translates to “humans live to humanise human”, serves as the foundation of her photographs – constructing a thorough observation of each subject that allows her to communicate in a more meaningful way.
German Beach by Irene x Irene
In this exhibition, the series titled ‘Memories of The Beach’ is a cross-boundary between tangible and intangible, experimental and theoretical processes in art. Taken at the start of the pandemic when beaches in Bali began to clear, a common thread lies in both artists creating deep, structured images with intimate feelings.
Saba Beach by Irene x Irene
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Lembeng Beach II by Irene x Irene
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Mertasari Beach by Irene x Irene
Lembeng Beach I by Irene x Irene
“As an observation towards the surroundings of beaches in Bali, these photographs were taken at the start of the pandemic. The 3D collages are an assemblage of objects we found on the beach that traces memories and our ecological footprint. Placing them alongside locals whose lives revolve by the sea, the series is a reminder of the beautiful process of restoration by collecting and transforming wasted materials into something new.”
ARTWORK PRICE LIST
Leuser Ecosystem (2021) Nova Kusuma Collage printed on fine art paper Size A1 / A0 2,000,000 IDR
Mazmur di Hari Rabu (2021) Rawraw Pigmented concrete 100 cm diameter x 5 cm depth 12,000,000 IDR
Sajak Untuk Bonnie (2021) Rawraw Acrylic and concrete on canvas, mounted on board 100 cm x 100 cm x 5 cm 12,000,000 IDR
Apa Ada Angin di Jakarta? (2021) Rawraw Pigmented concrete 80 cm x 70 cm x 5 cm 10,000,000 IDR
Sajak Taman Bunga (2021) Rawraw Acrylic and concrete on canvas, mounted on board 80 cm x 70 cm x 5 cm 8,000,000 IDR
Berhimpit dan Berkelindan (2021) Rawraw Pigmented concrete 50 cm x 50 cm x 5 cm 6,000,000 IDR
Still Flow (2021) Wayan Yusa Dirgantara Mixed media on canvas 180 cm x 120 cm 25,000,000 IDR
Feels Like Home (2021) Wayan Yusa Dirgantara Mixed media collage 150 cm x 150 cm 20,000,000 IDR
Menunggu Hari Baik (2021) Wayan Yusa Dirgantara Mixed media collage 100 cm x 100 cm 15,000,000 IDR
Morning Hope (2021) Wayan Yusa Dirgantara Mixed media collage 100 cm x 100 cm 15,000,000 IDR
German Beach (2020) Irene x Irene Printed on Ilford Paper Size A1 2,800,000 IDR Available in size A4, A3, A2 Contact us for more information
Sabar Beach (2020) Irene x Irene Printed on Ilford Paper Size A1 2,800,000 IDR Available in size A4, A3, A2 Contact us for more information
Mertasari Beach (2020) Irene x Irene Printed on Ilford Paper Size A1 2,800,000 IDR Available in size A4, A3, A2 Contact us for more information
Lembeng Beach I (2020) Irene x Irene Printed on Ilford Paper Size A1 2,800,000 IDR Available in size A4, A3, A2 Contact us for more information
Lembeng Beach II (2020) Irene x Irene Printed on Ilford Paper Size A1 2,800,000 IDR Available in size A4, A3, A2 Contact us for more information
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