Showcasing more than 80 artworks, this is a survey exhibition of Agus Suwage’s artistic practice over the span of 30 years.
About the Exhibition
Agus Suwage is one of Indonesia’s leading artists whose practice emerged in the lead up to the tumultuous social and political changes in Indonesia in the mid-1990s. His work profoundly expresses the hopes and frustrations of a generation swept up in the fluid shifts of power and identity that were influenced by both national reform and globalization. Refracted through intimate and personal narratives, his work addresses sweeping cultural and political themes and helps us to make sense of the vectors of power and authority which influence how we live now.
Emerging from deep personal reflection, and incisive observation of society and politics, this exhibition explores the development of Agus Suwage’s work, looking at the relationship between an individual’s dreams and sense of responsibility and the role of the artist in facilitating social critique.
For over 25 years Suwage has created self-portraits to interrogate his own subject position in relation to his immediate social context. The artist has stated that making a self-portrait is a means to undergo self-criticism and that one should always practice criticizing oneself before others. In this sense, Agus Suwage’s work gives vivid form to the intersection of national identity, politics, society, and an individual’s expression leading us into complex psychological spaces.
Ideas such as memory, fear, alienation, dreams, human identity, and humor are intertwined with broad social commentary. Far from being simple analogies and observations of the changing world around him, the work of Agus Suwage is complicated by constant self-interrogation, probing the myths and symbols that frame the complexity of human relations and national political power, elaborating its brightest ideals and miserable corruptions. His work references both Indonesian and world art history, philosophy, music, and politics, identifying similar approaches and artistic and conceptual linkages to other artists, across time and space.
Warning: This is exhibition contains adult themes and violence, viewers discretion is advised.
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From the Studio
Agus Suwage in his Studio Biru, Yogyakarta
About the Artist
Agus Suwage studied Graphic Design major at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia from 1979 to 1986. He worked as a graphic designer in Jakarta before he moved to Yogyakarta in 1999 when he decided to become a full-time artist.
Over the last 30 years, Agus Suwage has created a significant body of work that includes painting, installation, sculpture, and drawing. Throughout his work, we see a deep commitment to the exploration of the subjective individual and their complex relationship to society and politics. This is explored through the inclusion of popular symbols, mythology, and iconography, as well as self-portraiture.
'The Theater Of Me' A Conversation with Agus Suwage
Interview with Agus Suwage
Interview part 1:
The Artist and His Artistic Practice
Interview Part 2: From a Graphic Designer To An Artist
Interview Part 3: Self-portrait: About Faces That Appears Repeatedly
Interview Part 4: Celebrating Death
Interview Part 5: Reform, Oppression and Tolerance