Nindityo Adipurnomo

When I was shooting last week in Yogjakarta, I got reconnected with the venerable Nindityo Adipurnomo.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Nindityo is often known as the co-founder of Cemeti Art House, an independent initiative he started with his wife, @mellajaarsma , in 1998. The independent art space was an important hothouse for emerging artists and curators, giving them a platform to show, providing the necessary exposure, and connecting them with opportunities regionally and internationally.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ But Nindityo Adipurnomo is an artist too. Much of Nindityo’s practice have been centred on gender issues, specifically, stereotypes and prejudices that continue to propagate through communities of people who have come to accept them and adopt them as their own. He has used these traditional mediums associated with womenfolks, and contemporised them with symbols of local significance to critique the heavily-crusted social structures and their hidden subcutaneous layers to reveal the individual buried under its dead weight. The artist’s voice has found its way through a variety of traditional crafts typically done by womenfolks, PurunTikus grass, rattan, batik, but also through a mix of photography, paintings and installations.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Of late, Nindityo has been working on the male gaze, proposing that it is so pervasive that it’s a fantasy that has been “embodied in us”. He got a mixed-gender group of volunteers to drape him in traditional Muslim attire, and asking them to photograph him, before he selected certain postures to respond to in paint. The process, he said, “is as much about understanding the dominance of male gaze in society, as it is about revealing how much i would be changed by it.”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Am I the only one who is amazed by his body of works? Nindityo is a great “re-discovery” 🏅🏆.⁣ Respect!! ⁣⁣ #contemporaryart #art#artfromindonesia #yogjakarta #nindityoadipurnomo

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