The Allegory of Java & Dante
Eddy Susanto is renowned to create multi-layered artworks, based on in-depth and almost scholarly research into pockets of culture between the East and the West. His practice is highly intellectual yet visually striking in his scrupulous attention to detail.
Susanto came to the forefront of the artistic scene of Southeast Asia by winning the Bandung Contemporary Art Award #2 with a comparative artwork that took on European Renaissance and the entry of Islam on the island of Java. In Susanto’s “Java of Dürer” (2011) Albrecht Dürer’s engraved lines were at a closer look composed of written words from the Javanese book Babad Tanah Jawi.
For his new series presented at GAD, titled “Java of Dante” Susanto engages again in a research-led project, based both on iconographic research and a text-based comparative study. Delving into the historical narratives and processes of identity formation, the artist looks back on his own heritage, exploring Javanese mythology and history through the reliefs of the Borobudur temple.
21 April to 2 July , 2022
Presented by Art Mûr Gallery & CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo
Terra Nova: Looking at the Present and the Future
Curated by: Rhéal Olivier Lanthier & François St-Jacques
Participating artists :
Robbie Cornelissen, Jannick Deslauriers, Eddy Firmin, Karine Giboulo, Jessica Houston, Guillaume Lachapelle and Nadia Myre