21 September – 7 November 2020
THE FOURTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT IN BEGA VALLEY REGIONAL GALLERY’S SOUTH/EAST INTERFERENCE EXHIBITION SERIES
In this iteration the focus is on Indonesia and “how we relate to one of our closest neighbours,” says curator and gallery director Iain Dawson. In the context of an exhibition series about the south east – from Bega’s place in south east New South Wales to Australia’s place in the region – much of the work in Gangguan Tenggara highlights issues of perspective, community, centres and margins.
Gangguan Tenggara features Leyla Stevens, Zico Albaiquni and Eko Nugroho, three artists who are making work about “moving forward in Indonesian history but also acknowledging what has happened there – the ghosts that still linger,” Dawson says.
The exhibition title Gangguan Tenggara roughly translates as South East Disturbance. The focus is on political agitation and its ongoing consequences, but the exhibition also seeks to disrupt the way Indonesia is seen by Australians as a playground and holiday destination. For Dawson, it also makes a point about what regional galleries can do. As he says, “There’s a definite feeling that we are reaching out as well as bringing things in.”
Image – Far left: Leyla Stevens, Kidung 2019, 3 channel video installation, stereo sound, courtesy the artistCentre: Eko Nugroho, Lot Lost 2013-2015, synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass, manual embroidery rayon thread on fabric, and vinyl, installation dimensions variable. Art Gallery Of New South Wales Collection, Purchased with funds provided by the Neilson Foundation and Dr Dick Quan 2015. Image – David Rogers