Monday, October 27, 2008

The Pleasure of the Text

Solo Exhibition
"The Pleasure of the Text"

Erik Pauhrizi

Curated by:
Heru Hikayat

Friday, October 31, 2008
at 7:00 pm

November 1 - 15, 2008

Open daily except holidays:
10 am - 5 pm

Free, no admission.

ERIK PAUHRIZI graduated from Fine Art and Design Faculty of Bandung Institute of Technology—majoring in textile craft and minor media art, 2005. Cum Laude.

There are tens of paintings (acrylic on canvases), drawings, and digital prints in his first solo exhibition “The Pleasure of the Text”—curated by Heru Hikayat. All of his works are in black and white tone, monocromatic. Actually not of its “color” he is willing to show, but he is intending to wipe up the subject or the reference where they were firstly belonged. The origin traces, for instance faces, are blurred.

According to the curator, Pauhrizi is not trying to show his personal uniqeness through his works, instead he dives into the sea of quotations’ imagery. This is not only a signs pleasure with no end—a sign to refer another sign—but also unlimittedly exchanging the position of ”reader-author”.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sembilan Wali & Siti Jenar

Photo Exhibition

Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Friday, October 10, 2008 at 7 p.m.
(Followed with Artist Talk session.)

October 11—25, 2008

Open daily:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays)

No Admission. Free.

Seno Gumira Ajidarma is widely known as a journalist, but he is also very famous as a novelist, film critic, and art connoisseur with his major on comics or cartoon works. He has published many books among others on literature, journalism, and photography—completed his doctoral program at University of Indonesia, 2005.

The photos in “Sembilan Wali & Siti Jenar” are accompanying his bibliography study on the legendary of Walisanga whom are believed as the first persons on proliferation of Islam in Java. Those nine Wali is completed with another legend Syekh Siti Jenar. His study and journalistic report with its photos were then published as a book at September 2007—but firstly appeared in Intisari magazine, October 2005—August 2006.

Seno differenciate between historical facts and any historic views on those nine saints. By reading his report, seemingly the readers are brought to the past but in the same time they also criticise the myth of the tombs which Seno described.

Those exhibited forty five photos could be read as a companion to the texts, as arbitrary visual stories, or only as the photographer’s interpretation on the pilgrimage artifacts he visited. But maybe those are the pilgrimage journey itself.

This exhibition is intended to show how important ideas or discourses in the photography field.

Supported by Intisari Magazine and Sampoerna Foundation.