Artwork

EKO NUGROHO

Artist

Eko Nugroho is one of the established artists in Indonesian contemporary art scenes. During the past ten years, he has been invited to participate in many respected international Biennales and Triennials. Moreover, he has done numerous exhibitions in prestigious museums, institutions, and galleries all over the world. Among some of the noted international shows he has participated in recently include the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2006); “Wind From the East” at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland; Busan Biennale (2008); “X Biennale De Lyon: The Spectacle of the Everyday” at Lyon (2009); “Heat Wave” at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York (2010); “Transfiguration – Indonesian Mythologies” at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (2011); Temoin Hybride at Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Duo Man Show with Jompet “Rally: Contemporary Indonesian Art” at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down The House (2014); “Root: Indonesian Contemporary Art”, Frankfurter Kuntstverein, Kunst Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; and “Public-Street Art Festival”, Perth, Australia (2015). Some of his international residencies: Amsterdam Graphics Atelier (AGA), Amsterdam (2004); Artoteek Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2005); ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; SAM Art Projects, Villa Raffet, Paris, France (2011); and Singapore Tyler Prints Institute (2012-2013).

Using cartoon as his basic form (style), Eko Nugroho explores various mediums, such as paintings, drawings, embroideries, murals, animations, and three-dimensional objects. For years, he was known as the ‘president’ of Daging Tumbuh comic compilation, a comic zone that developed into one of the most important signifier for new tendency of Indonesian artistic expressions.

In the world of discourses, Eko’s works signify paradoxes and contradictions of Indonesian contemporary society. He approaches socio-political issues through cheerful, playful, and humorous perspectives, although at the same time, he transmits bitter and sarcastic messages to put his critiques against government, global institutions, and social issues.

Eko Nugroho adalah salah seorang seniman terkemuka di jagad seni kontemporer Indonesia. Selama sepuluh tahun terakhir, ia telah diundang untuk berpartisipasi dalam banyak Biennale dan Triennial bergengsi di panggung internasional. Selain itu, ia telah menggelar sejumlah pameran di museum, institusi, dan galeri bergengsi di seluruh penjuru dunia. Perhelatan internasional besar yang pernah dia ikuti antara lain adalah 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art di Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2006); “Wind From the East” di Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art di Helsinki, Finlandia; Busan Biennale (2008); “X Bienale De Lyon: The Spectacle of the Everyday” di Lyon (2009); “Heat Wave” di Lombard-Freid Projects, New York (2010); “Transfiguration – Indonesian Mythologies” di Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (2011); Temoin Hybride di Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Pameran Bersama dengan Jompet, “Rally: Contemporary Indonesian Art” di National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down The House (2014); “Root: Indonesian Contemporary Art”, Frankfurter Kuntstverein, Kunst Museum, Frankfurt, Jerman; dan “Public-Street Art Festival”, Perth, Australia (2015). Beberapa residensi internasionalnya adalah: Amsterdam Graphics Atelier (AGA), Amsterdam (2004); Artoteek Den Haag, The Hague, Belanda; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Jerman (2005); ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Jerman; SAM Art Projects, Villa Raffet, Paris, Perancis (2011); dan Singapore Tyler Prints Institute (2012-2013).

Dengan kartun sebagai bentuk dasarnya (gaya), Eko Nugroho menjelajahi beragam media, seperti lukisan, gambar, bordir, mural, animasi, dan objek tiga dimensi. Selama bertahun-tahun, ia dikenal sebagai ‘presiden’ dari kompilasi komik Daging Tumbuh, sebuah kumpulan komik yang tumbuh menjadi salah satu penanda paling penting bagi kecenderungan baru ekspresi artistik Indonesia.

Dalam dunia wacana, karya Eko menerangkan paradoks dan kontradiksi masyarakat kontemporer Indonesia. Ia mendekati isu sosio-politik dengan perspektif yang riang, asyik, dan sarat humor, meskipun pada saat yang bersamaan ia menyampaikan pesan-pesan pahit dan sarkastik untuk menyalurkan kritiknya terhadap pemerintah, institusi global, dan isu sosial.
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