Artotel Sanur – Bali with Npaaw and Monez are collaborated to create an art exhibition with the theme Berteman Kertas. Life is like drawing on a blank white paper, we will decorate it with ink, color, or through expressions that will later reflect who we are in this life. In other words, making friends with paper is an articulation, which is interpreted as a procession of relationships, both referring to friendship, as well as to more special and more specific things. The procession of establishing this relationship is familiar if it has been done in the process of life, which begins with a meeting, introduction that is intended as a familiarity. This became one of the foundations of this exhibition.
The work of Monez (Ida Bagus Ratu Antoni Putra S.Sn M.Sn) and Npaaw represents the condition that we live in today, here in Bali. Bali becomes the scope of the exploration field, taking into account the position of the self, the extent to which it can provide a perspective related to social and cultural issues in Bali. Monez and Npaaw’s work invites us to see Bali from a different perspective, Monez’s awareness with his educational closeness makes monsters as Niskala figures that can be interpreted as a scary situation, like a situation that is going on until now. Our fear of the current situation (pandemic) seems to be implied through the image of a figure invisible to him, such as the perception of monsters. Npaaw’s perspective reminds us of the importance of “Village kala Patra” which is the place, time, and condition / state, related to the space of Npaaw’s creation, to understand the space in which we stand, so that we can understand the relationships that exist around us. Through their works, it helps us to see the current issue of Bali that we are experiencing together.
This exhibition is curated by Windi Salomo, Art Director Artotel Group, and open for public from 10 February – 10 March, 2021, at ARTSPACE, Artotel Sanur – Bali