Lawangwangi started in 2007 when Andonowati founded Artsociates as an art management entity, which was meant to be a medium to promote Indonesian artists to international audience. Located in Bandung, Lawangwangi was then established in 2010 as a gallery under the caretaking of Artsociates management. Lawangwangi has an active schedule in holding contemporary exhibitions presenting national and international caliber artists and artworks. Other than holding exhibitions, the gallery also manages and promotes potential artists especially those who rise through its annual Bandung Contemporary Art awards (BACAA) event. And since 2010, Lawangwangi has opened its gate for Indonesian young artists to participate in its artist residency program. Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle had given an opportunity through a cultural exchange collaboration with Lawangwangi since 2012. This exchange of artist residencies leads to further nourishing collaboration in visual art, develop cultural collaborations in broad sense between the two institutions and two countries: Indonesia and France. Therefore, in BAJ 2016, Lawangwangi presents artworks from representative BACAA alumni and artists from France who had their residency in Lawangwangi, with the help of curator Rifky Effendi. They are Eddy Susanto, Mujahidin Nurrahman, Muhammad Akbar, Harits Rasyid Paramasatya, Laurent Millet, Carine Le Roy-braham and Laurent Lafolie. Eddy Susanto’s career took off in 2011 when his painting Java of Durer gained him an award from the BACAA. Susanto is fascinated by the juxtaposition of cultural phenomenon and philosophy of the West and the East. Nurrahman’s artworks theme is constantly evolving, from dreams and politics to religious issue. Paper material becomes his trademark as a visual provocation. Most of Muhammad Akbar’s works come into video format. He exhibits his works in both film festival and art exhibitions, and he is currently working as a motiongrapher nicknamed Kllaft. Despite being born in Jakarta, Harits Paramasatya kicked off his career as an artist in Bandung after graduating from ITB. He observes daily life, such as television series and museum layouts closely, and translate them into his works. Working as a teacher at the School of Fine Arts in Angers, Laurent Millet is both a photographer and an artist. He once composed the chapters of an imaginary encyclopedia, populated by objects he built and photographed on location and in the studio. Carine Le Roy-braham worked as an architect before dedicating her time to visual arts in 2012. Her last solo exhibition featured the theme of a spirituality, scrutiny and questions in search for meaning. Laurent Lafolie’s works respond to the desire to make an image as a photographic object, addressing issues related on
harits r paramasatya; laurent Millet; eddie susanto; Muhammad akbar; Mujahidin
nurrahman; carine le roy Braham.
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