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there was a young nation -a dynamic, intelligent, agile youth, brave enough to refuse aid from the United States of America, believing in being revolutionaries, believing to change their country’s faith for the better. The political environment was vigorous and the Indonesian Communist Party was popular. Then, on the night of 30 September 1965 this youthful

nation was suddenly paralyzed, witnessing the bloodiest period in the modern history of

Indonesia. For a long time, no one was able

to stop the violence and killings targeting communists across Java and its surrounding islands. A youthful nation surrendered and closed its eyes...

a brave young artist named Iwan Effendi embarks on a long journey to tell the stories that were never told before, buried in the flow of time. Like a messenger, he brings to the people of this generation the truth about the past and hopes that by understanding these stories,

tragedy like this will never happen again.

The Peeping Eye acrylic on pine wood, set of 16, 10 x 13.5 cm (each), 2011



There was

planted by no one nor a lady Its leaves the air breezy Maybe it’s the best place,

to hide that memory


In a never-ending story, someone told

A treasure that may remind me of that big melee my grandfather, he was fifty.

Here I tell you,

my friends, a story Not a story to make you laugh Not a story everyone loves It’s a story of that tree


The Treasure Hunt acrylic on canvas, 95 x 95 cm , 2011



It’s the beginning of October It’s the rising for

The month those people lost their friends

It’s the beginning of October It’s the month your grandfather was gone The month those

The Rise Of New King acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2011


Too many things





The Storyteller (01/02) acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 cm (each), 2011


A gloomy afternoon

His right hand holds a pale moon His left holds the soul of a stranger

Here, fishy, fishy, fishy! I bring you yummy, yummy bait I promise, to not come late So you don’t lose your appetite

A gloomy afternoon A little boy, crying for a red balloon

He was no bigger than a cocoon.


Row Your Boat Gently acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2011


In white feathers, they can’t be tamed No one knows where they go each morning

But the tree never looks empty

as the afternoon is coming

Today I sing your song again To those people,

Who never heard your story


Who think that you’re nothing more than a beauty

Today I send that prayer again For those people,

Whose soul turns into your body

Whose hope turns into your feathers Whose voice turns into your heart

Today I sing your song in the rain

So the tragedy, won’t happen again The Crane Song acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2011


He’s a man with

Who sleeps in

the nest of a bat

In the day he yells about right and wrong

But In the night he finds his pillow is cold and no one’s around.


Burn acrylic on canvas, 105 x 140 cm, 2011


So all I hear is a sleepy lullaby I don’t have to ask you why

I can pretend; I don’t know,

what made you cry


So all you hear is a sleepy lullaby You don’t have to ask me why We can pretend not to know,

But thank God

what made us cry

The Bird Who Feeds The Fish acrylic on canvas, 70.5 x 150 cm, 2011


I miss the smell of c o f f e e You sipped in front of me I miss the smell of your hair gel You rang my bell

The Chronicle Of Widodo-Widari acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2011

You said you would be back, in a year And we will get married sooner

Now I’m married, an old woman, darling To a man, I have four babies Now I’m a grandmother darling Will you remember me? Forty years already past, In a magazine, the news A sixty year-old man trying to find his lost lover To say, it’s not over, it’s not over That’s the big thunder in this life That man, he never had a wife Forty long years, waiting For him to find his lover, forty years he’s missing Here I am, my darling Sitting in a rocking chair


Welcome home, birdies

Long Lost Memories acrylic on canvas, 70.5 x 150 cm, 2011




Splash From The Past acrylic on canvas, 100 x 300 cm, 2011


visual artist, artistic director of Papermoon Puppet Theatre, illustrator

Born in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on December, 1979

Education Visual Art Education UPI (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) Bandung, 2000-2002 Fine Art, Department of Visual Art, ISI Yogyakarta 2002–2004 24

SOLO VISUAL ART EXHIBITION 2011 “Eye of The Messenger”, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore 2010 Artwork of “Mwathirika”, feat. Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Tembi Contemporary (VWFA), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

MENGINTIP LAUT, French Cultural Centre-Yogyakarta & Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012-Brest, France

2009 The Rainbow, Sampoerna Art House, Surabaya

“TV EYE”, indieguerillas vs happyvictim, Lou Belle Shop, Bandung, Indonesia

Polichromatic, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta

Survey 2, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2009 Two Shoes for Dancing, Project Room VWFA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Alleys of a City named Jogya, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

2006 The Last Fortress, Via Via Café, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

IVAA Archive Aid, Jakarta Art District, Jakarta, Indonesia

2010 Indonesia Disjunction, Kendra Gallery, Bali

2005 Menuju Matahari Terbenam, Deket Rumah Cafe, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

DRAW Project, Curated by Erik Foss and Curse Mackey, Mexico City-Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico


ART JOG 2010, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Six by Six Project, Charmingwall Gallery, New York, USA

Space and Image, Ciputra Gallery, Jakarta,

2011 CIRCUS OF LIFE, with Papermoon Puppet Theatre, commisioned works by Esplanade, Singapore

ARTJOG 11, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


2008 Freedom in Geekdom, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta

Kere Munggah Bale, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Boys and Girls, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Perang Kembang, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Wong Liya, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Komedi Putar, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Animal Kingdom, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

69 seksi nian, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Agraris Koboi, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2007 Black Urban Art, Bandung, Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Get It (Wall), French Cultural Centre (LIP), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Soulmate, Art Sociates, Jakarta, Indonesia

BOCOR #3, Rumah Seni Cemeti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Jogja Art Fair, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

T-shirt from march, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia One Month Shop Eli vs Vippy, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

IVAA BookAid, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006 “Serangan Sendu Bulan Gerimis�, Kafe Deket Rumah, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Portofolio, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

100 th Affandi, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Midnight Mural Project, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Shout Out, FKY XIX 2007, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Art for Jogja, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Superb Ambition, Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia


2005 September Something #2, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

republik Art, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta,


Daun Muda, Galeri Padi, Bandung, Indonesia

2004 Halo Kawan Baru #1, IKJ Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Tribute to Mas Tri, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

3 D Passion, Kafe Kecil, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Eksplorasi Cetak, Dialog Dua Kota ISI-IKJ, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ngerumpi di Mall, Magelang, Indonesia

Hari-hari Ceria Sewon Bulaksumur, Gelanggang Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Murky Moral, Autralia National University, Canberra, Australia

2003 Daging Tumbuh, Harta Karun Dibawah Gedung Bioskop, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Exploring Vacuum #2, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“reply” FKY XXIV, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sound Garden, Gelaran Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Countrybution, feat. Daging Tumbuh, Biennale VII Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2001 Komik Udik, Gd. Garnadi, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung, Indonesia

Performance Art, Celana Dalam dan Alibi, Jakarta, Indonesia


CIRCUS OF LIFE, Y-Fest, Esplanade, Singapore (July, August 2011)


Y-Fest, Esplanade, Singapore (July-August 2010)


Asian Cultural Council, New York, USA (November 2009- May 2010)


Dinner-Judson Memorial Church, New York , USA (December 29, 2009) -

“No More Waiting”, in Puppet Uprising, Philadelphia, USA (December 5-6th, 2009)


“Two Shoes For Dancing”, in Valentine Willie Fine Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August, 2009)


“MAU APA- Indian version”, in Ishara Puppet Festival, New Delhi, India (February 2011)



“MWATHIRIKA”. In CCF Yogyakarta & Goethe Institute Jakarta, Indonesia (December-Januari 2010)

“PESTA BONEKA” collaboration with 5 artists from Indonesia, Mexico, French and Australia (April-May 2008)


“Man’s Flaws in Mona’s Heart”. In CCF Yogyakarta, Indonesia (April 30, 2008)


“Suitcase of Life”, in Puppet Blok-Dixon Place, New York, US (February 5-6th, 2009), Puppet Cabaret at St. Stephen Church, Washington DC, USA – as director, puppeteer.


“MAU APA- New York version”, in Spaghetti 27

Iwan Effendi thanks Ici, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Octo Cornelius, Anton Grewo Fajri, Beni Sanjaya, Wulang Sunu, Gamaliel W. Budiharga, Astrid Reza, Ben Fox, MWATHIRIKA, Kotasis, Pakde Kus, Bude Kus, 40 Years of Silence, Andre & Tikatiktuk Kotak Hitam, and all the people who shared their stories.

Iwan Effendi

eye of the messenger 1 October - 13 November 2011

Poems Maria Tri Sulistyani Editor of Poems Ben Fox Photos Gamaliel W. Budiharga, Octo Cornelius catalogue DesigN Gamaliel W. Budiharga

Yavuz Fine Art 51 Waterloo Street, #03-01, Singapore 187969 Phone/Fax (65) 6338 7900 Š 2011. Yavuz Fine Art Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


Eye of The Messenger  

Eye of The Messenger, Iwan Effendi Solo Exhibition at Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore. Designed by Gamaliel W. Budiharga

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