Ga­leri Canna

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Canna Gallery is an art space es­tab­lished since 2004 and has since de­vel­oped as one of the im­por­tant gal­leries in the growth of con­tem­po­rary art in In­done­sia. Along the way, Canna Gallery has col­lab­o­rated with no­table artists both from In­done­sia and abroad, such as En­tang Wi­harso, FX Har­sono, Heri Dono, Putu Sutaw­i­jaya, and Ny­oman Mas­ri­adi among sev­eral other names. In or­der to sup­port the re­gen­er­a­tion of artists and to en­cour­age the devel­op­ment of young artists, Canna Gallery has ex­hib­ited the works of among oth­ers, Wiyoga Muhardanto, Al­bert Yonathan Se­ti­awan and Oky Rey Mon­tha.

En­tang Wi­harso, re­sid­ing and work­ing in Yo­gyakarta, is a part of a strong Sur­re­al­ism move­ment in Yo­gyakarta since the early 1990s. En­tang’s works in the re­cent years has leaned more to the ex­plo­ration on fig­u­ra­tive forms and im­bued with crit­ics to so­cial po­lit­i­cal phe­nom­e­non, es­pe­cially those re­lated to the is­sues of vi­o­lence and hu­man re­pres­sion. En­tang Wi­harso has ex­hib­ited in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional mu­seum and in­sti­tu­tion, and his works have been parts of var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions and pub­lic col­lec­tions. The works of Su­raji mod­estly de­pict the im­agery of re­la­tions be­tween an­i­mals that seem to mimic hu­man ges­ture (or per­haps it is stat­ing) that hu­mans some­times act like an­i­mals de­spite of hav­ing dif­fer­ent brain ca­pac­ity. He res­ur­rects the mytholo­gies re­lated to the an­i­mal king­dom and bor­rows metaphores from the world of fa­bles fa­mil­iar to our day-to-day lives. Oc­tora is one of Ban­dung young artists who con­sis­tently dis­cusses how the gen­der con­struc­tion within the In­done­sian pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety has cre­ated dis­crim­i­na­tive and chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions for women. She ex­plores ideas re­lated to fe­male body and also so­cial prob­lems faced by (young) women re­lated to the in­ter­rac­tion of their body with a wider com­mu­nity.

Oky is a part of the artist gen­er­a­tion who cre­ates works by ap­pro­pri­at­ing vis­ual im­ages from var­i­ous me­dia they con­sume and then pro­vide their own nar­ra­tives that lean to­ward fan­tas­tic tales. His can­vases are re­ver­sals of semi­otics mean­ing from pop­u­lar icons that he of­ten uses, some­times he puts sym­bols con­nected to cer­tain po­lit­i­cal mean­ings, or a more fluid vis­ual sym­bol with less strong mean­ings, thus there is al­ways a nar­ra­tive con­tra­dic­tion within his works. Ma­ha­rani Man­cana­gara is in­ter­ested in the idea of his­tory and how the young gen­er­a­tion at­tempts to rewrite it with their own lan­guage. Her in­stal­la­tion works show that the process of cre­at­ing is a part of a process to gain knowl­edge, lead­ing her to quite a long re­search process, en­coun­ter­ing var­i­ous top­ics from politic, his­tory, cul­tural econ­omy, etc.

Re­claim Par­adise-par­adise Lost by en­tang wi­harso

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