If You Give Me Lemon, I’ll Make Lemonade is a solo exhibition by Angki Purbandono, curated by the artist and Hermanto Soerjanto.
Angki Purbandono, one of Indonesia’s leading photography artists, has been working with scanography as his primary media for eleven years. His transition from camera to scanner was inspired by Man Ray, a 20th century modernist artist known for his photography works created with different approaches other than the camera. Angki still considers himself as a photography artist despite the medium he works with, because he believes that the essence of photography as an art form lies in the story behind.
The title of this exhibition refers to the artist’s unique awareness and perspective towards objects in his daily life, which invites the audience to consider an unexpected yet beautiful relationship between the objects and the human life. In his art making process, Angki strives to achieve a harmonious compromise with whatever imperfections life throws at us.
Angki’s works are strongly influenced by the places he visits, by objects he finds, and by his observations on how other people live in those places. This exhibition is a result of Angki’s artist residency programs in two places with very contrasting characteristics: in Tangkahan, Sumatra, Indonesia, where he experienced the jungle environment, and in Tokyo, Japan, where he experienced a metropolitan city at its best. Through 30 photography works presented as lightboxes, Angki entices us to look at the jungle and the metropolitan city from a different perspective and state of mind.
In this exhibition, Angki uses his lightboxes as a medium to create a larger installation in the form of a scaffolding construction, as a metaphor for people’s desire to build their lives for a better future, no matter where they are.
Opening Reception: 22 September 2017, 4 – 7pm
Venue: Mizuma Gallery, 22 Lock Road #01-34, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat: 11 am – 7 pm
Sun: 11 am – 6 pm, Closed on Mon and Public Holidays
When: 22 Sep - 29 Oct 2017,
By: Mizuma Gallery