Trajectories, a landmark exhibition in Cuba featuring a selection of Southeast Asian based artists will be on display in Havana, Cuba, held by Gajah Gallery. The artists’ list includes Ashley Bickerton, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Mangu Putra, Yunizar, Yusra Martunus, Putu Sutawijaya, Alfi Jumaldi, Handiwirman Saputra & Ugo Untoro.
Amongst the selection of artists, Bali-based-American artist Ashley Bickerton is the most identifiable with the Latin American audience.The artist will showcase new works from his highly sought after Junk Anthropologies series which meshes various sub-cultures, offering some acidulous observations on our contemporary existence. There is also an affinity with the Latin American audiences mainly due to the tropical undertones of his paintings that create a sense of equatorial kinship.
The core of the exhibition will be anchored around the collective of Indonesianartists featuring; Mangu Putra, Yunizar, Yusra Martunus, Putu Sutawijaya, Jumaldi Alfo and Ugo Untoro. Cuban art is often time identified with the symbolic story of a country affected by its political and social environment that is an inherent part of its history. This is also akin to Indonesian art which still commonly serves as a personal voice that offers a critique on the current power structures and struggles which have been prevalent since the waning years of the Suharto period in the 1990s.