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Damsel in Distress
/ 23 August 2014

Indonesia and its hidden gems. You name it, the tribes, cuisine, culture, underwater magic, or the young folks, including this Bandung-based illustrator Ario Anindito. He’s a comic book artist, more than a typical one that pays more attention to superheroes vs villains. But take a note that his skills as a comic artist is uncountable coz through his work has included for local movies, TV commercials and DC Comics. That is the golden ticket, perhaps for every illustrator or comic geeks, and he is a proud comic geek! Once he stated that what inspires his art is mostly life and personal feelings. It brings emotion to each line and stroke of his drawings. So this time in his solo exhibition “Damsel in Distress” is about a series of modern twist on the old-time classic fairy tales in different context, or set in the present time. Our modern world with its radical issues.


From that idea, the purpose from this exhibition is somehow all about female awareness, about women. Damsels who have been in distress for such a long time. When we (men and women) thought about women’s rights and stuff, it’s actually getting deeper and darker as we have a low self-esteem. Why? Because we used to be modest, so that everything that happens to us, we should be tolerated. That is the emergence of seedlings will to power which will lead to the subjective attitude in all things. When we have a good self-esteem as in confident, then we get the logic: everyone is equal. There’s nothing in particular that will tell us that we’re different and desirable. It’s good being desirable, but in the end is all about power, domination. Even worse when it comes into a sexual manner, combined in such people with that kinda mindsets.


Ario said that “The issues faced by fairy tale characters in a real-world context — women’s rights, gender inequality and abuse — in an effort to show our local community that it does happen around us, and we can do something about it, even if it’s just changing our mind-sets.” Moreover he added, “It’s something that’s been bugging me for ages: how women have always been the object of abuse, physically and psychologically…I know how [women] struggle against those issues. Although it’s kind of interesting for me because I am a man, and this series of visuals portrays women’s feelings and agony through my perspective — men’s eyes.” The fact that serious actions has been happening and considering as an assault to women is so devastating. Ario sees the form of cyber bullying, online nudity, and even molestation happens almost every day that Indonesian women have to endure these days.


Though he only made six artworks using different methods, all of them are sold out already. A comical visual carries sensitive issues. From this part only you have to try, at least try to change your mindsets once in a while, just for the case of curiosity. It’s probably better, inspiring and more reliving than what you believe in now.

Exhibition Period:
June 14th – August 21st, 2014
Tue – Thu, 4 pm – 12 am
Fri: 4 pm – 3 am
Sat: 4:30 pm – 3 am
Sun: 4:30 pm – 12 am

Tree House Kemang
Jl. Kemang 1, No. 72
South Jakarta 12730

Words by Febrina Anindita
Photos doc. Ario Anindito


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