Entang Wiharso (Tegal, INDONESIA, 1967) is one of 5 artists selected to represent Indonesia at the next VeniceBiennale, in which he has already participated in 2005, and the Prague Biennale (2013 and 2009).
Back from numerous international exhibitions, from the Mori Art Museum inTokyo to the Singapore Art Museum, the artist is internationally regarded as one of the most representatives of the art of South-East Asia.
In the work of Entang Wiharso the artist's personal experiences are combined with a deep analysis of the socio-political conditions of his country. The creation is a way of understanding the human condition, to streng then our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems such as love, hatred, fanaticism, religion and ideology.
"My works speak about the condition of human beings who are often divided by politics, ethnics, racial and religion: they still coexist even if their communication is limited and indirect."The complex artistic language used is composed of symbols and characters that evoke the history and the mythology of his country and in particular the island of Java.In the exhibition at Primae Noctis, Entang Wiharso, presents a new series of works: aluminum pieces, sculptures and paintings that analyze the identity of collective and individual human experiences.
"In the body of work presented in Geo-Portrait I deliberately use my own personal narratives as a point of departure to go much further back along the timeline, linking events and small actions to an historical and geological history that we feel we no longer remember.The works for this show include painting, sculpture, installation and a performance documentation all dealing with the issues of perceptions and reality.
I attempt to trace personal and collective experiences leading to specific occurrences, exploring how the history of ideas, land, migration,and ecology are contained within our actions today.As I explored the reasons behind feelings and motivations, other stories emerged to reveal another reality, one that reflects immigration, social justice, survival strategies, geography and political systems.These kinds of stories, anecdotes that link to the larger geo-political narrative, are at the core of my current work. I want to put these ideas forward in many contexts to test our perceptions which often are formed by incomplete information,