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Ivan Sagita: They Lay Their Heads on a Soft Place
, / 13 August 2014

Equator Art Projects is pleased to present Ivan Sagita‘s first solo exhibition. Ivan Sagita is well known for Yogyakarta’s surrealism art, whose works are often satirical and wrought with symbolism that explores the theme of humanity and social issues. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an essay by Tony Godfrey. For more information about the exhibition click here.

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“This series is a continuation from previous works and is inspired by the artist’s research on the bizarre phenomenon of pulung gantung. The myth originates in Gunung Kidul, an area south of Jogjakarta known for notoriously high instances of suicide. Pulung gantung refers to a mysterious orb-like red light that when seen descending upon a home, forewarns of an impending suicide, usually committed by hanging. These works reflect the artist’s pre-occupation with themes surrounding the fragility of life, mortality and spiritualism. Sagita’s visual language creates a distorted reality, drawing the viewer into a timeless space where the line between conscious and unconscious is blurred. The figures with their elongated forms occupy the foreground and are depicted with hyperrealistic detail, juxtaposed against a backdrop of a Javanese landscape.  Often the landscape is seen as empty, with an eerie dreamlike quality heightening the sense of transience.”

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