The best artworks to collect are often riddles. While they immediately hit you on an emotional level, they might take a lifetime to navigate thoroughly. Some of their layers might be unexpected even to the artist who created them. Eddy Susanto’s work belongs to this category. Perhaps it might appear too intellectual for some. The Indonesian will be required to look back at forgotten Javanese mythology and history. The European will be asked to grasp notions buried in the depths of half-remembered literature classes. Even a professor of comparative studies would be challenged in understanding the references to worldviews from opposite corners of the planet. And yet history is not enough. The viewer must be very aware of modern challenges posed by technology, science and the market. Basically, to fully understand Eddy Susanto’s work, you are required to be Eddy Susanto. Of course, 99.999999986% of us are not Eddy Susanto. So how ...

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