Eko Nugroho “Nowhere is My Destination”
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Born in 1970 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Eko Nugroho began his artistic career in the late 1990s when he was still a student at the Indonesian Art Institute. He now works across the globe as one of the most prominent Indonesian contemporary artists.
For this exhibition entitled “Nowhere Is My Destination”, Nugroho creates two-dimensional artworks, sculptures, and murals responding to the theme, the present and pressing issue of immigration and national borders. Through this exhibition, he explores issues concerning borders, migrations and the identities of those who were forced to leave their countries behind due to wars and oppression. He describes the irrational reality as “a wall” which still surrounds those who have been dispersed from their home by conflicts and oppressions in this 21st century. While people largely agree that this issue needs to be resolved in the democratic society, the doors to migration are getting narrower and narrower. Nugroho projects the loss of identity or the difficulties faced by those who attempt to become a new member of a community. His artworks capture how hard they try to survive and desperately adapt to a new environment while being tossed about by changing policies and regulations. Human figures and symbols appearing as motifs in his artworks represent people who have had no choice but to migrate due to wars and political crises at home.
The sculptural work from which the title of the exhibition is drawn is the embodiment of a migrant community. This figure covering its origin with a mask and holding a knapsack in one hand while chained in leg-irons would confront viewers with the clash between their thirst for freedom and the harsh reality they would have to face.
from October 04, 2019 to November 03, 2019
Opening Reception on 2019-10-04 from 18:00 to 20:00