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ALBAIQUNI, Zico

Zico Albaiquni’s paintings include a wide range of references and

juxtapositions, examining Indonesian painting traditions and broader art

histories, with a particular interest in how the Indonesian landscape has

been treated and commodified throughout history. Underpinning these

investigations is the Indonesian concept of lukisan (roughly translating

as ‘painting’) and its ethnic ties to ritual, exchange and the creation

of sacred objects.

Albaiquni’s distinct palette arises from pigment combinations drawn

from the colonial painting genre of Mooi Indie (‘beautiful Indies’),

while different picture planes and points of perspective intersect,

and combinations of irregular-shaped canvases create multilayered

compositions. He borrows imagery from disparate sources: from

the acclaimed nineteenth century Indonesian painter Raden Saleh,

to museum dioramas, tourist art, signature works by contemporary

Indonesian artists and installation views from international exhibitions

such as the Venice Biennale and the first Asia Pacific Triennial in

1993. The results blend elements of art history, religious figures and

gallery settings, as well as incorporating the public art viewer and the

private space of the artists’ studio into the image in order to probe the

relationships between artist, artwork, the viewer and art history.

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