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Art Exhibition by three roosters of Intra-Chromatic: Tatum Maya, Jonas Liveröd and Tobias Bradford

“I see human(s) not humanity”

Curatorial Notes by Jason Noghani (head of program)

An integral aspect of history has been the collective inauguration of understanding ourselves (both individually and as a whole) and “what it is to be human.” The question of “what it is to be human”  changes during each era, based on what we have previously learned (or unlearned), and also social, political, technological and economical conditions of the time.

Right now, it is quite apparent how this question is perceived. We are no longer hunter-gatherer, war-hardened warriors preparing for battle (perhaps not in essence, but literally), given how our histories have behaviourally civilised us in congruence with technological advancement and material mastery, but we have also begun to lose touch with our basic humanity in ways previous generations never did, and have subsequently regressed in many respects, despite our advancements in other areas.

“Revenge of the Uncanny” by Jonas Liveröd and Tobias Bradford indirectly observes the aforementioned observations in its unabashedly provocative approach to the human form and its relationship with other phenomena. Even though the exhibition itself can be seen from innumerable perspectives, with no two interpretations or individual experiences being entirely alike, it is clear that the environments created create experiences that incorporate elements of the beautiful, the grotesque, the divine, the absurd, the human and the non-human, life and non-life.

The aforementioned aspects are integral to the human experience in its totality, encapsulating the entire spectrum of the human experience - the spectrum between good and evil - the difference between “human” and “humanity.” Anyone of sound mind would agree that we ultimately all want good ultimately, but then again, another pressing query of our time corresponds to what we mean by “good.” We sometimes confuse “nice” with “good,” in as much as we confuse “tough love (brutal honesty)” with “cruelty.” Being “nice” is simple enough, be polite, friendly and behaviourally civilised, but being “good” in an altruistic sense, is not quite so easy, as it requires unconditional servitude, selflessness, wisdom, responsibility and perhaps most importantly, “self-awareness.”

Without self-awareness, we will continue to behave in unconscious ways to our own detriment. Furthermore, we cannot enhance self-awareness without looking into ourselves. Tatum Maya’s “Journey into the Self” exhibition provides the perfect contrast to “Revenge of the Uncanny,” in that its explorations of sacred symbology and geometry, nature, the beauty of the human form, and the interconnectedness of body, mind and soul, perhaps reflect a transcendence of the human experience, epitomising an elevation from lower forms of consciousness and existence.

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Revenge of The Uncanny

Revenge of the uncanny is a show exploring subjects such as: imitations of the human body, failures, the pursuit of life in technology, the human voice as carrier of life, illusions and doppelgangers, spiritism, urges and longing.  It can be described as a audiovisual narrative collage where the artists Jonas Liveröd and Tobias Bradford come together and present an unpredictable stage show full of forgotten stories, creating connections between seemingly disparate phenomena and events by shedding light on the human way of defining life and non-life.

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Journey Into The Self

Journey into the Self showcases a variety of works by artist Tatum Maya - who was born in Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, raised in Jakarta, and has spent much of her life living in Skara, Sweden. Her work directly reflects this intercultural influence, whereby “tenun ikat” designs embellish her paintings, alongside figurative designs of the human form (such as Lopi Penge and Her World) and the use of religious symbology (such as Dom Kyrka  / Skara Cathedral and Sagele Meet Sommar) which are evocative of Western fine art. The Journey into the Self can be experienced through the aforementioned geometric patterns, human figurative forms and religious symbols, which are intrinsic to existential reflection (from a Jungian perspective), and also through the transcendence these forms undergo within the context of each painting, whereby the familiar and the unfamiliar converge harmoniously; evocative of the inner journey traversing the various realms of consciousness, from the material world to the divine.

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Sagele Meet Sommar

Midsommar is a big tradition for Swedish people. It’s a celebration of the summer solstice, the year's longest day. The maypole is raised in an open spot, and traditional ring dances ensue to delight the children and some adults. Meanwhile, Sagele* is a tradition from the Mbojo people, where the women move together following the rhythm of Gambo* and planting seeds into the soil.

These two traditions talk about celebrating the harvest, which becomes the similarity between Nusa Tenggara Barat and Sweden

*Gambo is the instructor of Sagele, he usually play music instrument most common violin.

*Sagele is a ritual of planting seeds in Mbojo.

Media: Canvas, Acrylic, Concrete

Size: 120 x 66 cm

Meet Me In The Middle

The dance of the cranes in Hornborgasjön*. The cranes are flying from Africa to the north. On the grounds next to Bjurums church, between the towns of Skara and Falköping, large flocks of resting cranes gather in the spring. You can see them up close here while they eat, dance and trumpet.

*Hornborgasjön: Lake Hornborga is a lake in Västergötland in Sweden, famous for its many birds, in particular the many cranes that stay here temporarily during their annual migrations.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 106 cm

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Interconnectivity

My journey to find my true self has become a link in an endless chain and thus connected with all the other links. And this chain of the universe has never been broken; it unites all objects and processes in a single whole and thus has a universal character.

Media: Mixed media - Canvas, Acrylic, Sequences, Mosses

Size: 56 x 76 cm

Culture Shock

I could never fit in, but where do I belong?

In searching for new ideas, you need to go out of your comfort zone and follow your wilderness of intuition to discover your true self.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 106 cm

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The Interfaith

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Inspired by *Lingsar Temple in Lombok. Lingsar Temple is to be considered symbol of harmony between Hindu Bali Lombok and Islam Sasak Lombok.

Lingsar Temple is represents a blending of the Hindu tradition with *Wektu Telu, a religion practice by the *Sasak people. Wektu Telu considered themselves Muslim, but do not follow many of religious commandments that more orthodox Muslim do. They have adopted other beliefs from Hinduism and native animistic traditions.

*Lingsar Temple : A temple located 10 km east of Mataram city. This temple was built in 1714 by corner from Bali and has been renovated.

*Wektu Telu : A religion practised by Sasak People.

*Sasak : Native people of Lombok.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 42 x 52 cm

Agharta Door

*Sasak people believe Rinjani mountain is also a door to *the Agartha door, where the land of the living Gods and the land of Wonders.

*Sasak : Native people of Lombok.

*Mount Rinjani: An active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province. It rises to 3,726 meters, making it the second-highest volcano in Indonesia.

*Agharta: The land of  the living Gods and the land of Wonders. 

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 56 x 66 cm

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Skara Dom Kyrka / Skara Cathedral

Skara cathedral is the church of the first Bishop in Sweden, where Christianity was first widely accepted. The church with a long dramatic history, Skara cathedral, has become a destination for pilgrims throughout the middle ages.

Media: Mixed media - Canvas, Collage (printed poster from 1930), Acrylic

Size: 46 x 66 cm

Skara in My Mind

One thousand thousand years of history. Living in a city full of history feels like getting lost in history.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 42 x 52 cm

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Lopi Penge

Lopi in *the Mbojo language literally means boat, and Penge is the name of Bima’s princess. Lopi Penge is folklore from Mbojo about Princess Penge, who fell in love with a crowned prince from *Gowa; she was longing for the boat to bring her prince back.

*Mbojo: Native people of Bima. Bima is located on the Eastern Coast of the island of Sumbawa in Central Indonesia’s province of Nusa Tenggara Barat.

*Gowa: Regency in the province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 61 x 53 cm

Wilderness of Intuition

When you think your mind is limited and doubts cloud your judgement, dare to follow your heart and walk into the wilderness of intuitions. Somehow you already know what you want to become; everything else is secondary.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 52 x 62 cm

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Queen Anjani and Manukberri Bird

In *Ramayana Sanskrit, the goddess Anjani is the queen of devils and the mother of Hanuman. *Sasak people believe that Queen Anjani and her bird Manukberri live in *Mount Rinjani. The name of Rinjani itself came from Goddess Anjani.

*Ramayana: One of two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being Mahabharata.

*Mount Rinjani: An active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province. It rises to 3,726 meters, making it the second-highest volcano in Indonesia.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 36 x 44 cm

Song of Nature

Besides the unique cultural landscape in Skara, the surrounding area also offers fantastic nature, from lake Hornborga to the pilgrim trail Falköping, Varnhem.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 106 cm

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Winter Night

Walking in the cobblestone streets of Skara on the cold winter night. Without realising I have become friends with the cold. There was a frosty upon the trees adding to the beauty of the winter night.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 52 x 62 cm

Reborn

Inspired by Mount Tambora, a mountain located on Sumbawa in the Nusa Tenggara Island. The Tambora in *Mbojo’s language, ta mbora literally means “an invitation to disappear”. Mount Tambora's super eruption in 1815 has impacted *Nusantara spirituality today. When the historical eruption of Tambora happened centuries after, Sumbawa became Islamized. The culture tells tales of war and catastrophes about Tambora; the explosion of Tambora has legitimated Islam's domination in Tambora.

*Nusantara: Indonesian name of Maritime Southeast Asia

*Mbojo: Native people of Bima. Bima is located on the Eastern Coast of the island of Sumbawa in Central Indonesia’s province of Nusa Tenggara Barat.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 68 x 89 cm

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Panglima Mayu

Taken from Sumbawanese folklore, it is a story about Commander Abdullah Mayu, who was the commandant of the Sultanate of Sumbawa’s marine corps. He was originally from South Sulawesi, Indonesia. From the 18th century until the early 19th century, he fought to protect the Sultanate of Sumbawa’s maritime territories.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size:  56 x 76 cm

Värnern

Lake Värnern is the biggest lake in Sweden, located in the southwestern part of the country. The lake is about 90 miles (145 km) long and as much as 106 metres deep, and its surface lies 44 metres above sea level. The lake is fed by numerous rivers (the largest being the Klar), and the lake itself drains westward into the Kattegat (strait) via the Göta River, which is a significant source of hydroelectric power.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 76 x 56 cm

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Her world

Against all the odds, she embraced her whole self, her true self. She confidently expresses her experiences, struggles and inner thoughts as a woman.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size:  56 x 56 cm

Interfaith II

Inspired by *Lingsar Temple in Lombok. Lingsar Temple is to be considered symbol of harmony between Hindu Bali Lombok and Islam Sasak Lombok.

Lingsar Temple is represents a blending of the Hindu tradition with *Wektu Telu, a religion practice by the *Sasak people. Wektu Telu considered themselves Muslim, but do not follow many of religious commandments that more orthodox Muslim do. They have adopted other beliefs from Hinduism and native animistic traditions.

*Lingsar Temple : A temple located 10 km east of Mataram city. This temple was built in 1714 by corner from Bali and has been renovated.

*Wektu Telu : A religion practised by Sasak People.

*Sasak : Native people of Lombok.

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Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 42 x 52 cm

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Survival Mode

Sámi are the indigenous people living in the north of mainland Europe. The land of Sápmi covers parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. They are known as the reindeer-herding people of the north that wear colourful traditional clothing. Everything in the lives of the Sámi people is revolved around the reindeer.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size:  42 x 54 cm

Sleepless Nights

The Scandinavian experience with its substantial seasonal variations in light. The sleepless hours at night, the approaching dawn and its morning routines. Moods and daydreams are linked in such situations; it feels like exploring the terrains of everyday fantasies.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 40 x 50 cm

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Sleepless Nights II

The Scandinavian experience with its substantial seasonal variations in light. The sleepless hours at night, the approaching dawn and its morning routines. Moods and daydreams are linked in such situations; it feels like exploring the terrains of everyday fantasies.

Media: Canvas, Acrylic, Concrete

Size: 56 x 76 cm

Her versus the world

The quest to seek identity sometimes forces you to leave your comfort space. Struggles, confusions and difficulties were unavoidable to move forward. It takes a lot of courage to accept and express our genuine personality regardless of judgements.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 56 x 76 cm

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Pollination

There are the stars in the sky, sunrises and sunsets as evidence of the most significant force and the hum of the bees sharing polyphony of experience in doing his magic.

Media: Watercolor on paper

Size: 89 x 68 cm

Freedom Is A State Of Mind

Sometimes you love being fooled by emptiness and closing your eyes for happiness. But are you ready to go out of your mind to use your head?

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 86 cm

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I See You

I lay my secrets in more profound and darker than the mysterious sea, locking away my soul in another world. Invisibility is my power to heal.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 106 cm

Vibrance of Life

For a long time, the crane's dance has been part of life in Skaraborg and a symbol of spring.

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 86 x 106 cm

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