Islands in Between: Nusantara Scapes by Artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia
15 March, 2018 - 3 April, 2018
—Opening Reception: 6-8pm, 15 March—
Islands in Between: Nusantara Scapes is an exhibition of works from a group of four contemporary artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Heri Cahyono, Januri, Ismanto Wahyudi and Dadi Setiyadi showcasing their latest works in Sydney. Working in different mediums, these artists highlight the diversity and ever-evolving nature of contemporary Indonesian art. Thienny Lee Gallery proudly presents an exhibition that explores the imaginary, physical, and metaphorical landscapes of Indonesia. The four artists navigate the binaries of ‘local’ and ‘foreign’, ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’, investigating the “in-between” and revealing exciting contemporary Indonesian art.
Nusantara is an ancient term for the Indonesian archipelago and reflects Indonesia’s long-standing and rich history. The term was derived from the Sanskrit word for the “islands in between.” This liminality continues to apply to Indonesian art that has, until recently, existed on the periphery, in a moment of “in-betweenness”. As focus shifts towards Southeast Asia a new form of “in-betweenness” is evident as contemporary Indonesian artists present a unique blend of influences, drawing upon the Indonesian past and present.
This exhibition will be opened by Co-Curator Jumaadi, artist represented by Watters Gallery.