The Past has not Passed (Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu) is a major survey by Arahmaiani, recognized as a significant player on the Indonesian and global art scene. Featuring works from the 1980s until today, this exhibition of an extensive archive from the artist and over 70 pieces includes paintings, installations and re-enactments of iconic performances presented alongside some of her most recent projects and earlier works such as the painting Lingga-Yoni (1994), which depicts the artist’s fascination and long-term experimentation with symbolism and the syncretism of culture of her native Java.
Arahmaiani’s practice often combines art and social activism with a focus on issues such as cultural diversity, consumerism and womanhood that have become pivotal to her art-making. With international recognition and regular participation in international events as the Asia-Pacific Triennial (1996), Gwangju Biennale (2002) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), Museum MACAN aims to create further opportunity for the Indonesian public to learn about and appreciate the artist’s works.
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(image: Arahmaiani, Handle Without Care, 1996/1997, performance at the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 1996)