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DADANG CHRISTANTO
Born 1957, Tegal, Central Java, Indonesia

Dadang Christanto is a leading Indonesian artist who lives in Darwin. He was a lecturer at the School of Art and Design, Northern Territory University (1999–2003), completing a residency at the Canberra School of Art before moving to Sydney to lecture at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2004).

Dadang has shown widely in major international biennales and exhibitions, including the Biennale of Venice (2003); Yogyakarta Biennial and CP Open Biennial, Jakarta, Indonesia (both 2003); Kwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000); The First and Third Asia-Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (1993, 1999); Kanazu Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan (1999); and the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1998). In 1997, he was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Dadang’s professional creative life remains firmly rooted in – and yet resolutely transcends – his home experience and locality, to encompass the deepest levels of human experience. The series of heads exhibited in ‘austral-asia zero three’ (Sherman Galleries, 2003) and shown previously at the Alliance Française Gallery in Yogyakarta, refer to the relentless cruelty of humankind among those of different faiths or political systems. The disappearance of multitudes of Indonesian political dissidents during the mid-1960s purges, when Dadang’s father was lost without trace, is a recurring theme in the artist’s oeuvre.

Performance, installation, sculpture, video, painting and works on paper cover the range of Dadang’s art. His installations include They Give Evidence (1996–97); Cannibalism: The Memory of Jakarta – Solo 13, 14, 15 May 1998 (1998); and Red Rain (2000), all highly poeticised reminders of past horrors and present dangers. In 2004, his permanent artwork, Heads from the North, was installed in Marsh Pond, Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. They Give Evidence, the 2003 inaugural exhibition at the contemporary Asian Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, was re-presented for exhibition there in February 2005.

BIOGRAPHY
1957 Born Tegal, Central Java, Indonesia
1975–77 Studied painting, Pawiyatan Sanggarbambu, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1975–79 Studied painting, Sekolah Menengah Seni Rupa (SMSR), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1980–86 Studied painting, Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1999–2003 Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Northern Territory University, Darwin
2004 Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Lives and works in Brisbane

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Victims, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Work of Body, Jan Manton Art Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Pilgrim Project, Gaya Fusion Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2005 Testimonies of the Trees, CP Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia
Heads and Trees, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
They Give Evidence, Asian Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 Heads from the North, Marsh Pond, Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2003 Count Project, Northern Territory University Gallery, Darwin, NT
2002 Unspeakable Horror, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
2001 The Dark Century, Raft Art Space, Darwin, NT
2000 Beginning of the Dark Age, Centre de Reflexion sur I’Image et ses, Sierre, Switzerland
Reconciliation, 24 Hour Art Gallery, Darwin and Watch This Space, Alice
Springs, NT
1998 Cannibalism or Memoir, Guarrant Gallery, Canberra School of Art, ACT; Switchback Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design, Gippsland, VIC
1997 About the Heads and Hearts, LIP Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1996 1001 Earth Humans, Marina Beach-Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia
1995 Terracotta or The Case Land, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1991 Contemporary Indonesian Artist, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA and Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, VIC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 News From Islands, Campbelltown Arts Gallery, Sydney
Echoes of Home: Memory and Mobility, Museum of Brisbane, City Hall, Brisbane
Imagining Affandi, Gedung Arsip Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia
Threshold and Tolerance, School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
2006 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata, Japan
Artery-Inaugural Exhibition, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2005-2006 Open Letter, touring exhibition, Sydney, Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur
2005 They Give Evidence (reprised), Asian Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Echoes of Home, Museum Brisbane, Brisbane
Future Tense: Security and Human Right, Dell Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane
Text Me, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2004 Contemporary Territory, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, NT
2003 They Give Evidence, opening exhibition for contemporary Asian space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Country-bution, Yogyakarta Biennial, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Interpellation, CP Open Biennial, Jakarta, Indonesia
Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, School of Art Gallery,
Australian National University, organised by ANU Humanities Research Centre
Mourning Lost Paradise, Indonesian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy
Austral-Asia Zero Three, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2000 Kwangju Biennale 2000, Kwangju, South Korea
From Asian Forests, Yokohama open-air art exhibition, Japan
1999 From Asian Forests, Kanazu Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan
The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1998 XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
Begegnung 3:3 in Yogya, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Plastic (or Other Waste), Center of Resources, Chulalongkorn University,
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Art Project, Bangkok, Thailand
1997 Art in Southeast Asia 1997: Glimpses into the Future, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Befragung Der Raume, Magdeburg Museum, Magdeburg, Germany
Yokohama International Open Air Art Exhibition’97, Yokohama, Japan
1996 Tradition/Tension: Contemporary Arts in Asia, Asia Society Gallery, New York, travelling to Vancouver (Canada), Perth (Australia)
Linkage and Leakage, The Tanks, Cairns, QLD
Mata Perupa, Pagelaran Kraton Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1995 Realism as an Attitude 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, traveling to Hakone, Akita, Tokyo, Japan
Asian Peace Art, War and Art 1995, Osaka International Peace Centre,
Osaka, Japan
Osaka Triennial 1995: Sculpture, Dome exhibition Hall, Osaka, Japan
1994 Quinta Bienal de la Habana, Nasional Museum, Havana, Cuba
Nur Gora Rupa, Taman Budaya Surakarta, Solo, Indonesia
1993 The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
The 9th Jakarta Art Biennial, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
1992 Binal, Senisono Art Gallery, Yogakarta, Indonesia
New Art from Southeast Asia II, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Apace
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Kirin Plaza, Osaka, Japan
Mobile, Museum City Project, Fukuoka, Japan

PERFORMANCES
2007 Washing the Wound, Old Canberra House, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
2005 Searching Displaced Bones, Old Canberra House, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Litsus, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD
2004 Family Portrait, Old Canberra House, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
For Those Who Have Been Killed, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Litsus, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2000 Reconciliation, 24 Hour Art Gallery, Darwin and Watch This Space, Alice Springs, NT
1999 Api di Bulan Mei, The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1998 Violence, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
For Those Who Have Been Killed, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland, VIC
1997 Violence, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada; Magdeburg Museum, Magdeburg, Germany
For Those Who Have Been Killed, Dock 11, Berlin, Germany
1996 Earth Man in Jakarta, Marina Beach-Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia
Violence, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QLD
Violence, Z Gallery, New York
1995 Man in Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1994 Earth Man in Solo, Solo City, Indonesia
1993 For Those Who Have Been Killed, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Museum Affandi, Yogyakarta and UNS, Solo, Indonesia
1992 I’m Human Being, Daimaru Shopping Center, Fukuoka, Japan
Earth Man in Tenjin, Tenjin Area, Fukuoka, Japan

RESIDENCIES
2007 Artist in residence, Manukau School of Visual Arts, Auckland, New Zealand
2004 Artist in residence, School of Art, Australian National University, ACT
2003 Artist in residence, School of Art, Australian National University, ACT
1999 Artist in residence, Ecole Cantonale d’ Art du Valais (ECAV), Switzerland
1998 Artist in residence, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Artist in residence, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, VIC
1997 Artist in residence, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
Artist in residence, Magdeburg and Berlin, Germany
1991 Artist in residence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

GRANTS AND AWARDS
1997 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, US
2004 Australia Council

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Australia National University, Canberra
Fukuoka Museum of Modern Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Kanazu Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan
Magdeburg Museum, Magdeburg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
John McDonald, ‘A drift in a sea’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6–7 October 2007, pp. 16–17
Sally Butler, ‘Dadang Christanto’, Art & Australia, vol. 45, no. 1, spring 2007, p. 132
Zoe Butt, ‘Dadang Christanto: Work of Body’ (review), Art AsiaPacific, no. 55, September–October 2007, p. 168
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006
Suvendrini Perera, ‘The body politic: Racialised political cultures in Australia’, in Tseen Khoo (ed.), Refereed Proceedings from the University of Queensland Studies Centre Conference, UQ Studies Centre, Brisbane and the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, 2005
Christine Clark, ‘Recovering footprints: The art of Dadang Christanto’, Heads and Trees, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Danielle Johnson, ‘Text me: An exploration of body language’, Text Me, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Andrea Stretton, ‘Reading Dadang Christanto’, Art & Australia, vol. 42, no. 2, summer 2004, pp. 271–3
Robyn Maxwell, ‘From the North: Dadang Christanto’, artonview, summer 2004, pp. 30–31
Helen Musa, 'Indonesian artist commemorates anniversary of unrest', Canberra Times, News, 1 October 2004, p. 3
'Drowning his sorrows, victim of the disappeared', caption and image, Sydney Morning Herald, News, 1 October 2004, p. 2
RM, ‘Dadang Christanto: Red Rain’, Developing a Collection: Acquisitions 2001–2004, International Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2004, p. 81
Ian Were, 'Retrospective reviews (1984–1994): A personal view', Object
magazine, no. 44, p. 50
Sarah Pickette, ‘… And these figures, they give evidence’, Pol Oxygen: Design, Art, Architecture, issue 8, April 2004, pp. 88–96
Jon Cattapan, ‘Witnessing to silence’, Artlink, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 60–1
‘Contemporary territory 2004’, Artnotes NT, Art Monthly Australia, issue 167, March 2004, p. 47
'Asian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', The China Phenomenon, Artlink, vol. 23, no. 4, 2003, p. 74
Sue Ingham, ‘Witnesses from Indonesia’, TAASA Review, vol. 12, no. 4, 2003, p. 22
Helen Musa, 'Silent witnesses', Canberra Times, Sunday, 10 August 2003, pp. 26–27




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