Atlas of Curiosity by Citra Sasmita is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. This new body of work stems from her long-term ongoing research project Timur Merah, meaning ‘The East is Red’, which traces historical narratives around the Malay-Indonesian archipelago (also known as Nusantara), particularly those about Bali. For this exhibition, Sasmita continues to incorporate textiles in her traditional Kamasan paintings as a symbolisation of body and souls. She takes inspiration from Fabricating Power with Balinese Textile (2018) by anthropologist and doctor Urmila Mohan, who wrote extensively about the historical significance of fabrics in Bali particularly its trading history when the Dutch and British had vied for control over Bali’s port, and its later emergence into a valuable commodity for communication. Secret codes were hidden within fabrics and transported between kingdoms in the archipelago to disseminate information, much like morse codes used during wartime.
Venue: Yeo Workshop, Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road #01-25 Singapore 109444
Hours: Tue to Sat | 11am – 7pm
Sun | 12pm – 6pm
When: 29 Jul - 20 Aug 2023,
By: Yeo Workshop