Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7 is an exhibition that celebrates the 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (or APT8 for short) which is now at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Indo Pop: Indonesian Art form APT7 consists of nine important works from APT7 held in 2012-2013.
“APT7 featured the Triennial’s largest representation to date of artists from Indonesia. Now some of the outstanding pieces acquired for the Gallery’s contemporary Asian art collection will tour as part of our commitment to regional Queensland,” Chris Saines, Director of QAGOMA said.
QAGOMA Associate Curator, Asian Art, Tarun Nagesh, said the exhibition captured the vibrancy and humour of an emerging generation of contemporary Indonesian artists.
“Drawing on one of the focus areas of APT7 (2012-13), ‘Indo Pop’ showcases a diverse group of works including the explosively coloured painting The Journey 2011 by Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan). These works in a variety of styles and media represent the exciting approaches that are earning these artists widespread international attention,” he continued.
Over the past decade, a new generation of Indonesian contemporary artists have forged careers in the wake of the Suharto era, contributing to the nation’s new status as a major centre for international art. Since the 1970s, groups of contemporary artists in Indonesia have banded together to challenge social, political and economic structures as well as the arts establishment, creating a powerful voice of protest and criticism in their works. Armed with the rebellious spirit of their predecessors, changing media platforms and a recently booming art market, this exciting group of artists tend to look to urban and popular culture for new styles to express themselves. With a fun, witty and collaborative approach, they explore issues such as colonialism, migration and multiculturalism.
Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7 will visit Gold Coast City Gallery 6 February – 20 March 2016.