Eko Nugroho (IDN)

Taman Berbulan Kembar
(Garden with Twin Moon)
2013
Resin sculpture, plastic flowers, Muslim women
praying clothes, dried flowers, embroidery,
mural
Dimensions variable

 

Eko Nugroho was born in Yogyakarta, 1977. He completed his studies in Painting at the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta in 2006. Nugroho was one of Indonesian street artists to use mural paintings to openly criticize the social situation after the downfall of the Soeharto regime. Maturing during the transition of democracy in Indonesia, he was deeply engaged with cultural practices at the time and committed to making socio-political commentary through his work. His works are often cleverly ironic and sometime provocative without losing their humorous edge. By juxtaposing the images with critical text, he tries to entice young Indonesian generations to deal with political issues. In 2000 he founded a collaborative zine, Daging Tumbuh, which was to become the art movement that brought his to career to the stage it is at now. He has actively undertaken many residencies, group and solo exhibitions, as well as special projects all over the world while staying true to his core.

Eko’s works are deeply anchored in the urban environment with a certain tension between Indonesia and the West, local and global, fine art and street expression, political stakes and intimate reflections. Living in a country with a climate that has been politically charged for decades and is increasingly open also contributes to his humourous and critical wordplay. ”People are lost in freedom and I’ve become interested in situation where there is a kind of social and political background in art,” he said.