Ultimately, the goal of this series, and of much of Susanto’s work, is to highlight the commonalities humans share and how these shared traits ultimately inform the cultural and identity differences that lead to so much unrest.

Anna Claire Mauney is a writer and artist living in North Carolina. She is trained in Art History and Creative Writing and is interested in the 18th-century and colonial South America. She is also the co-host of An Obsessive Nature, a podcast about writing and pop culture.

Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Eddy Susanto is one of ArtSociates’s most important artists. He studied graphic design before embarking in his art career; this was possibly the influence of his prudent, erudite approach in art. His artworks are created by conducting extensive researches on certain points in history, exploring the notions of historical narratives and the development of identity. They portray fragments of local history parallel to the world’s history, interpolating the cultural identity of the East into the historical elements of the West.
Eddy’s paintings mostly incorporate Javanese passages in its native hanacaraka script, taken from several important Javanese pieces of literature. His series of Sembilan Mata Hari Centhini (2012), for example, was created around the analogy found between the character of Mata Hari and the dance movements described in Serat Centhini, and his works titled Java of Dürer (2011) – the artwork that earned him the accolade of Bandung Contemporary Art Award #2 in 2012 – replace Albrecht Dürer’s engraved lines with passages from Babad Tanah Jawi. Eddy has showcased his painting series in various national and international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions worth considering include The Irony of Ruralism, Art Jakarta, Jakarta (2018); Project 10+3, Baik Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2018); Occultism: A Shared Phenomenon, ArtStage Jakarta (2017); Kalatida Toward Capitalism, ArtStage Singapore, Singapore (2017); Java Script, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2015); The Passage of Panji: Memory, Journey, and Desire, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung (2014); Albrecht Durer and the Old Testament of Java, Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore (2014); and Matahari Centhini, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung (2012). He also has participated in numerous group exhibitions. To mention a few: JAVA Art Energy, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France (2018-2019); Singapore Biennale, Atlas of Mirror, Singapore Art Museum (2016-2017).
His accolades include Indonesian Presidential Museum Collections, Bogor (2014); finalist of Indonesian Art Award 2013, Jakarta (2013); winner of Dharmawangsa Award, Nyoman Gunarsa Museum, Bali (2012); finalist of UOB Painting #2, Jakarta (2012); and Bandung Contemporary Art Award #2 winner.

Asmudjo J. Irianto