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Agus SUWAGE

Agus SUWAGE

“Agus Suwage’s works range from drawing, painting, installation and kinetic objects that show his ability to deal with myriad issues through deeply metaphorical imager, as well as appropriation. Most of his works are playful and satirical, yet have a strong message.

“Through a series of self-portrait paintings done since 2000, Suwage has questioned the problem of identity as it is constructed by the physical appearance of the human body. He alludes to specific social circumstances in Indonesia, where certain racial appearances had once been stereotyped, as well as becoming the target of violet desires. The series, which is an ongoing project for Suwage, is not only self-critical, but also tends to deliver delicate criticism toward the existing social systems and hidden layers in Indonesian culture.” (Excerpt from Singapore Biennale 2006 Short Guide. Written by Agung Hujatnikajennong)

Suwage has held numerous solo exhibitions, most recently I/CON at Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (2007). His works have been shown widely in regional and international exhibitions such as Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); Singapore Biennale (2006); Space and Scape, Bali Biennale, Indonesia (2005); Gwangju Biennale 2000, Gwangju, Korea; Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia, exhibition touring Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Germany and Netherlands; Sixth Biennial of Havana, Cuba (1997); and The Second Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1996).

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2008        "Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai - Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia", ESLITE GALLERY,

                Taipei, Taiwan

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