Feb.16th, 2008-Mar.16th, 2008
an Exhibition by Hamad Khalaf and Iswanto Hartono
This series of collaborative installations by Hamad Khalaf (born in Kuwait, 1972) presents the phenomena of war in enigmatic gestures that challenge our perceptions and preconceptions. Both contemporary artists have been drown to the contemporary issue of war through different means and have harnessed unique sets of arsenals to wage and engage dialog. Khalaf?s signature has been the combination of appropriated objects of war with imagery borrowed from Greek mythology. Within the envelope of constructed narratives and values that hold a society sway, Khalaf perverts violence with decorative beauty to lay bare our fixation on war. Iswanto more straightforwardly depicts war in its global political linkages through spatial arrangements and symbol play.
In their collaboration, they presents a spatial juxtaposition of neon lights and objects. Here, the luminous arrangement of neon forms a framework to lead the visitor through an arrangements of objects. An atmosphere of twilight is created with blue throughout an entire room transformed into a labyrinth. In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth is a complex structure of ever-branching and interconnecting tunnels built by King Minos of Crete to entrap the Minotaur. Designed by Daedalus, it was later use to imprison its creator. The labyrinth is now associated with narrow circular pathways full of traps preventing those inside from reaching their destination.
The labyrinth created by Khalaf and Iswanto is a metaphor of spatial experience that represent a search for humane cultural values within the culture of war.
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