CITRA SASMITA: ODE TO THE SUN
Exhibition Opening: 10 Jan (Fri), 6 - 9pm
At Yeo Workshop, Gillman Barracks. 47 Malan Road, #01-25 Singapore,109444
Artist Talk: 11 Jan (Sat), 2 - 3.30pm. With Alia Swastika, Director of Jogjakarta Biennale Foundation
Exhibition Dates: 10 Jan - 29 Jan 2020
Prepare to have all your preconceived notions about Balinese art upended as the Yeo Workshop presents ‘‘Ode to the Sun’’, a solo exhibition featuring artwork by the maverick young Balinese artist Citra Sasmita. A rare exception in the otherwise male dominated world of Balinese art, Citra Sasmita challenges the patriarchal nature of Indonesian society. Her artwork unequivocally rejects the ubiquitous aesthetic depiction of Balinese women as passive decorative elements that exist primarily for the gratification of the tourist gaze. Consummately utilizing traditional elements that have been selected from the ancient but vibrant cultural legacy of Bali, Sasmita endows her female figures with a powerful agency. Ode To The Sun is the third part of the Timur Merah Project that Sasmita previously presented in Biennale Jogja XV 2019. The exhibition turns a critical gaze upon the world of traditional Balinese literature which has historically confined itself to celebrating the exploits of male aristocrats while excluding female voices. Invoking a Balinese past characterised by the existence of powerful female rulers such as the 19th century queen, Dewa Istri Kanya, Sasmita transforms classic narratives of war and romance by imbuing them with a female perspective.
47 Malan Rd, #01-25, Singapore 109444
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