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Semsar Siahaan : Art, Liberation

Author :  Aminudin TH Siregar (et al.) (Ed) T.K. Sabapathy

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  • Country Singapore
  • Publisher Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • ISBN9789811154690
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2017
  • Bib. Info122p.; 26x22x0.5cm.
  • Product Weight620 gms.
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Gajah Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition of the late Indonesian artist, Semsar Siahaan, entitled Semsar Siahaan: Art, Liberation. An important figure in Indonesian art, he stood out for his strength and resilience in shedding light on critical sociopolitical themes – not only through his career as an artist but also as a social activist. Prominently featured in the development of Indonesian contemporary art and its fight against the despotism of the New Order regime, Siahaan envisaged art as signifying humanity’s liberation and in this vein as touching all humankind. As he continued to utilize his art as a tool to protest the state of social injustice, he was infamous in representing the rebellious student art movement of the 1980s, as well as the various labor rights activism in the following decade. Semsar’s art is always intended to immortalize humanism and it always exudes a sense of realism. Semsar Siahaan. Art, Liberation displays a range of works spanning the 1980s to about 2004, including the frequently mentioned but rarely exhibited Olympia: Identity with Mother and Child and the magnificent G-8 Pizza – the last monumental work created towards the end of his oeuvre. The particularity of his art’s content is one which appeals to a kind of transcendent or universal humanism. Like the courageous activist fighter that he is, his works are bold and they never tire from expressing critiques towards injustice. In conjunction with the exhibition Art, Liberation by Semsar Siahaan at Gajah Gallery 1-29 November 2017

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