Which one is higher? Is it faith or fate than can win you over? Can one control others in the making of a path of an individual? Or can one easily make judgments over somebody? Curated by Laksamana Tirtadji (that’s right it’s Jun), this first solo exhibition of Antonio S. Sinaga aka Nino went pretty provocative. Isn’t that what art’s about? Provoking people to feel and/or think more than their capabilities in order to fill the “space” inside them. We’ve seen Nino’s piece before at Galeri Nasional with the same concept, we can say this exhibition is the extended version from what we saw earlier in 2014. Nino used photography and ceramic as the medium to tell the message of how complicated human’s relationships are, if we positioned people with different religious, cultural, societal and situational contexts to express identity. Nino wants to emphasize how the identity attached to each of us is actually universal. We might have diverse characteristics whether it’s intrinsic or extrinsic but identity touches upon all layers of individuals.
Religion is one of the most crucial layers of individuals that possibly can create particular judgments. Each belief has their icon, and in this piece Nino used Jesus and put His face in pastel-colored ceramic within the diverse contexts he made through photos. It’s more like a mask. So we’ll see pictures of a prostitute with a face of Jesus, it’s quite a heavy and straight-forward message. Or there are faces of Jesus on the wall, it’s so pretty but then Nino placed a mirror between it, so you’ll see your face as equal as Jesus’. So are we living behind masks of the essentials that we chose? Or are those masks prevent us to act the way we wanna act as human beings, that is freely to express ourselves? The probability has quite a range. It’s another layer of distinctions that exist between those things that are “sacred” and “secular/profane.” If it can be designed til we believe in it and living it, it is possible to change it. Can your faith predestine your fate?
December 6th 2014 – January 12th 2015
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Thamrin Nine Complex/ANZ Square (Mezzanine floor)
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 10
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Words by Febrina Anindita