Background Artist

Ari Bayuaji

Nama

Ari Bayuaji

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@aribayuaji

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Biografi

Ari Bayuaji lahir di Indonesia tahun 1975 dan kemudian bermigrasi secara permanen ke Kanada tahun 2005. Ia menempuh pendidikan seni di Concordia University, 2005-2010. Membagi waktu dan lokasi antara Montreal dan Bali, perupa ini dikenal dengan karya-karya instalasinya yang menginkorporasi objek-objek temuan yang ia kumpulkan dari berbagai tempat di dunia, yang kemudian ia rangkai untuk merefleksikan perspektifnya akan berbagai pertemuan budaya yang ia alami. Karya-karya Ari menyampaikan berbagai pesan akan isu keseharian dan persinggungan makna antara benda dan tempatnya, serta bagaimana benda itu berfungsi di masyarakatnya. Ia banyak menggunakan antara benda yang dianggap ‘usang’, antik atau tua untuk kemudian diolah kembali menemukan maknanya yang baru, dengan pesan-pesan yang mempertemukan nilai sejarah, tempat, alam dan lingkungan sebagai faktor-faktor utama terciptanya budaya. Ari Bayuaji berpartisipasi di sejumlah pameran internasional seperti Warin Lab Contemporary of Bangkok, Thailand (2022), The Esplanade Theatre on The Bay Singapore (2014 and 2019), Nunu Fine Art Taipei, Taiwan (2018, 2021), Parkhaus in Malkasten Düsseldorf (2018) A collaboration with Agnes B. Fondation Paris at Ste-Alvere, France (2017), Redbase Foundation Yogyakarta in Indonesia (2016), dan Kunsthal Rotterdam in The Netherlands (2016). Artist’s Statement: "‘Weaving The Ocean’ began with the idea of replacing vanishing natural materials with new “natural” materials that can be found easily. One day, I discovered an abundant supply of plastic ropes tangled in the roots of mangrove trees near Sanur on the coast of Bali. Entwined with the roots, the plastic rope appeared almost to be like a naturally growing part of the trees. This discovery led me to use the plastic threads as material for weaving. In the beginning of the pandemic time in early 2020, with the help of my two locally recruited assistants, I began the elaborate unravelling and cleaning process of the plastic ropes I was harvesting so that I ended up with strands of fine plastic threads of many colours. Then I located a small traditional Balinese weaving workshop that was already in the midst of going bankrupt, this even before the number of international tourists had dropped drastically because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I collaborated closely with a weaver and her assistants, soliciting their input in choosing colour combinations and line patterns for the textiles. Weaving the Ocean Project has recruited more than 15 people now. Not only giving good income for each of the collaborators, the project has also educated many people in Bali. For over ten thousand years, the production of textiles has abounded around the world. Today, old textiles are displayed and exhibited at the world’s major museums not just for their beauty but also as embodiments of their producers’ relationship to their original cultural context and natural environment. As with many of these old cultures, Bali was one of the places in the world where textiles were fabricated using materials that were found in nature, such as cotton coloured with dyes extracted from various kinds of root barks and leaves. Inspired by textile production, my art project employs various kinds of fibres as the medium and is inspired by the powerful role materials played both in the creation of textiles and in the history of human civilization.”