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