If you’re interested in art, chances are you’ve already heard of him. Yogyakarta based artist Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko have done lots of impressive artworks and exhibitions, in Indonesia and abroad, and this time he’s responsible as the trippy yet soothing poster for the movie Rocket Rain directed by Anggun Priambodo.
Hello, can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello world, my name is Uji Handoko Eko Saputro, commonly called Hahan. Ordinary boy from Yogyakarta, Indonesia that loves art like you.
Can you tell us a bit about the design you did for Rocket Rain? Is there any special meaning behind it?
(I was) very excited when Anggun gave me the movie and asked for designing. That was my first experience, very challenging. Immediately I watched the movie and fell in love at the first sight with “Rain” when she arises from underwater. The design globally frames this very special moment.
If you can describe the illustration for Rocket Rain in a sentence, what would it be?
It would be “Rain in the middle of luberan peju” hahaha…
What other projects are keeping you busy at the moment other than Rocket Rain?
Just finished my exhibition with my collective named Ace House on Jakarta Biennale. Now I’m preparing for Slave Piano& Punkasila’s show collaboration with Michael Kieran Harvey& Rachel Saraswati. It will be performance on Mona Foma 2014 Hobart – Tasmania, Astra Melbourne and some place in Yogyakarta. Also on middle February 2014 there will be launching for my limited skate board deck.
What’s the most memorable piece of art/art exhibition that you’ve ever seen? Why?
The 7th Asian Pacific Triennale become the one of the best. They made very good display for the art work. Also there was a side programs like APT kids which purposed to attract kids to appreciate the art. So inspiring.
If you could pick one artist as your mentor who would you choose?
The great Hitomi Tanaka.
Have you ever used a personal experience or past memories and emotions as the inspiration for your artwork? Explain.
Always, because my art work is the archive from my personal history. All the inspiration for my work is comes from my daily life.
So, what do you do for fun in your spare time?
Go to my “blumbang” and give some supplement for my cat fish.
Interview by Vita Aviandhono