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Nindityo Adipurnomo


Canberra Conemporary Art Space

Nindityo Adipurnomo was born in Semarang, Indonesia in 1961, and currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His art education includes study at The State Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam (1987) as well as at the Art Institute of Indonesia, Yogyakarta (1988). He is primarily a painter and sculptor working with a variety of media, including wood, cloth, stone, ratan and copper.

In addition, he co-founded Cemeti Gallery (1988), which became Cemeti Art House (1999), in Yogyakarta with Mella Jaarsma, allowing him to also add a curatorial aspect to his artistic interests. In his capacity as curator, Adipurnomo also arranges discussions and talks by visiting international and local artists and curators to further an awareness and appreciation of contemporary art locally and internationally.

Adipurnomo has exhibited widely including in major international exhibitions, including The Second Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2002),  Gwangju Biennale (2002), Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions for the Asia Society Galleries, New York, (1996), and The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1996)

Much of Adipurnomo’s work explores cultural systems as forms of social belonging and exclusion, as through his sculptural and photographic works based on the traditional Javanese hairpiece of the konde. Stressing the need for social tolerance and concern, Adipurnomo has used the konde as a metaphor for Javanese culture, exploring the possibilities and limits of cultural communication and interaction with people in the making and reception of his art.

Nindityo has said: “Unfortunately a hairpiece can get out of place sometimes. Then it slips in front of our mouth and threatens to choke us. Actually the hairpiece is more like a prison - that is how I show it in my pictures.” Encouraging other people to take part in the production of his work, Adipurnomo persuades his audiences to set aside their cultural prejudices and intolerances and to expand their minds and experiences through thinking and feeling in culturally different ways.



Nindityo Adipurnomo
Portraits of Javanese Men, 2001
6 photos, 25,5 x 37cm
© Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt, Universes in Universe, 2002

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