Identity is always an interesting subject and quite a lot of artists explore this in their artwork. However, looking at identity through the complex relationship between memory and history is rarely explored. Yaya Sung, a young female artist of The Legal Artis # 4 raises this subject through her project ‘ The Victory Road’ which presents a Chinese community in Glodok, Jakarta as an entry point to help her understand the social and political history of this nation, particularly the Indonesian Chinese. Yaya has begun with the May 1998 riot as the starting point to talk about how Chinese people understand their past, beyond the tragedy.
In this exhibition we are presented with five portraits of people living in the Victory Road area. The subjects of these portraits were those who are victims of the 1998 riot. Yaya walks through these memories with her subjects, some memories are vivid, some are fuzzy, all in an attempt to found out their history as victims of 1998 riot. In these images the artist has eliminated their face, hands and legs; and replaced them with gold colored thread. This act of stitching illustrates how identity is built by the complex processes of memory, history and the present reality.
Yaya Sung. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia 1986. BA University of Pelita Harapan. Yaya Sung began actively participating in exhibitions and use photography as a medium since 2005. In the beginning of that year, Yaya Sung worked as freelance photographer for advertising and magazines in Jakarta. In 2007, Yaya Sung started her career in contemporary photography by engaging in various activities, some of them: Everyday Life in an Asian Metropolis workshop at Goethe Institute (2007), Ruang Perempuan (Group Exhibition, 2008), Colonial Photography workshop at Langgeng Art Foundation (2012), and Maps, Reimagined (Group Exhibition, 2012). The beginning of 2013 is the year where she join the Legal Artist Series, a program initiated by Ruang MES 56 as a form to expose latest practices and innovation in photographic-based art in Indonesia.
The Legal Artist Series program is not only about the talented young artists or a great series of work, but further demands that the artist and the works developed for the exhibition should have the power of tradition, innovation and add to the future dialog of contemporary photography. The artist should consider that the practice of contemporary art has to have strong roots of reason while also having the potential for development, from both a technical and artistic-discourse standpoint.
/ About Legal Artist Series
Legal Artist Series adalah Program yang digagas oleh Ruang MES 56 sebagai bentuk tangkapan atas praktek-praktek seni berbasis fotografi terkini dan terbaik di Indonesia. Seniman dan karya yang dipilih haruslah memenuhi unsur-unsur inovasi, tradisi dan kemungkinan pengembangan ke depan.
Legal Artist Series is a program initiated by the Ruang MES 56 as a form to expose latest practices and innovation in photographic-based art in Indonesia. Artists and works chosen for this program should meet the elements of innovation, tradition and the possibility of the future development of the medium.
Opening : FEBRUARY 24, 2013 // 19:00 WIB // 7 pm
Artist Conversation: FEBRUARY 27, 2013 // 16:00 WIB // 4 pm
Venue: Ruang MES 56 Yogyakarta
Jalan Minggiran No. 61 A, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta 55141 Indonesia