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ONGGHA (A.I.R Program)

12 April - May 2017
Artist in Residence Exhibition #5
Suvi Wahyudianto

Opening: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 4 PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4 PM

Exhibition Period: 12 April - 13 May 2017
Operational Hours: 10.00 - 17.00 WIB
(closed on Sunday and public holiday)

Writer: Shohifur Ridho Ilahi

REDBASE Foundation Yogyakarta is presenting a solo exhibition titled "ONGGHA" showcasing installation works, drawing, sculpture and video by Suvi Wahyudianto, as an artist in residence (February - April 2017). Suvi Wahyudianto is a visual artist who lives and works in Surabaya, East Java. Suvi is an artist who trying to analyze his culture, Madura and the culture of Madura people in general, through his artworks. In managing his idea he starts it with observation on daily reality and memory to historical studies. His creative idea showed through rich experimentation, installations and with various techniques as well.

During the two-month residency in REDBASE Foundation Yogyakarta, Suvi is interested to digs deeper experiences about Madura culture (outside of the mainland), about the adaptable culture run by Madura people (immigrants) in the other islands, especially in Yogyakarta.  

During his creation progress, Suvi had did ethnographic discourse, observation, finding object, interview and discussion with Madura People in Yogya.

Onggha (naik in Bahasa) or "climbing up" is a subtle idiom refers to activity of Madura. People who leaving home for survival purpose and its antonym Toron (turun in Bahasa) or "going down" is idiom refers to activity for Madura People who returning to their home after Onggha.

Both idioms used by Madura people unconsciously in expressing flow of current in Merantau phenomenon. Suvi is exploring the phenomenon of "Merantau" (leaves one's home to make life better) of people of Madura especially what he found in Jogjakarta, he's trying to digs how the causal factor of the phenomenon can be taken not only as the central socio-economy (survival) activities from village to urban city but also as interpretation of a city itself (Jogjakarta) as a place where contestation of idea and identity encountered with cultural elements from the other ethnics and community.