Art Jakarta, as a pioneer of one of the biggest art fair in Indonesia is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. This event is held annually, serving the best kind of contemporary arts throughout the world.
This year is the 2nd year for Galerie Bruno Massa to join as an exhibitor in Art Jakarta after its previous participation on Art Jakarta 2017. This year, the gallery which is centered in Paris, France, is bringing one of its talented artist along to the event. The writer was lucky to be able to meet and converse with one and only Wedad Al Nasser.
Wedad Al Nasser was born as a Jordanian and in a refugee family. Yet it doesn’t stop her passion in art, on the opposite it brings her a lot more inspiration which influents her style of art. One of her arts which was exhibited in Art Jakarta was three series of painting of a woman, a man, and a child whose face is blurred and unclear.
The said piece is called ‘Exile’, Wedad exclaimed that the inspiration started from personal experience of alienation. And after there, it then progressed to something more of a political view hence she chose Exile as its name. She also states that her own country, Jordan came off as her main inspiration for the art progression. At first the painting includes only the woman, but after involving political view in her piece, she added a man and a child with the same concept as the woman.
“Jordan is like a safe heaven surrounded by too many wars. I also came from a refugee family when I was born in there, and that resonates with me. I didn’t have a good relationship with my space. I also feel disconnected.”
She states that even though it came off as a dramatic kind of topic for her painting, but she added the element of blue, purple and other bright colors to represent hope within oneself.
Wedad was also surprised—in a good way, of Indonesian’s enthusiasm toward art, specifically contemporary arts. She stated how she had never seen this kind of enthusiasm before in other countries. Batik seems simple and easy to wear as well for her and it seems that a lot of Indonesians are aware of their heritage and seem to be comfortably wearing it which can be seen on the fair.
Aside from contemporary painting, Wedad also does photography and video art as well. She also plans to have another art fair after Art Jakarta as Art Jakarta is the 2nd art exhibition or art fair she joined. (mip)
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