Kuku Bima that I don't know scares me
Site-specific installation, 2020
Sesama, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Mengatasi masalah khusus, menambah semangat, gairah serta tenaga.
An outlander entering Indonesia is placed in a new and unknown environment that induces a variety of emotions, such as : fear, surprise, awe, joy, disgust and anxiety. The only way forward is to adapt, however one must reshape his imagination, beliefs and convictions.Through a series of explorations, practices with diverse local materials and creative acts I have tried to immerse in the surrouding environment to interpret it myself.
The things that caught my interest were local men's long nails. No one would explain theirs sincere symbolism. They were supposed to be: weapons, symbol of status, tools, long forgotten tradition or magic talismans. Finding the truth was a tipping point of my adaptation process and `Kuku `Bimas became a symbol of reconfiguration. Under every activity and decision lies hidden, subconscious mindset rooted in tribal rituals, culture and beliefs.