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Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 200cm (H) x 200cm (W) / 78.7" (H) x 78.7" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
SATMATA is based on appropriation from the painting of Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Mundi, but transformed into a comic style visual with new images and different gesture liked graffiti. The words on the wall “God Has No Religion” is the quote from Mahatma Gandhi, is to criticize the situation in the world in general and in particular in Indonesia. Many conflicts were generated because of their believes (religion) even though they were used for political manoeuvring and power struggling. The iconic quote from Gandhi and the figure of Jesus Christ from Salvatore Mundi are perfect representation against this situation. Satmata is the name of Nano’s favourite local Javanese character who has a similar history with the image and also has the same idea with Gandhi’s quote.
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Based in: Yogyakarta
Nano Warsono emphasis is on socio-political contexts. Nano’s art life process is about fictions and histories. He works with binaries of anti-capitalist, anti-materialist, anti-west position, on comparison of capitalism/materialist equal to economic and social ills, predator and victim, East versus West, etc. Nano may have influenced ideologically by post-colonial theories, his concerned of the global world order affecting Indonesia, and the economics, politics, social problems, ecology, and mass culture closer at home make up his visual language on in his works. Nano’s indulgence in the global pop culture is evident, his roots in graffiti art and graphic novels were famous, even till today. Nano creative used of the riches of mass media collaterals for his artistic consumption are always closely related to the socio-political environment he is in, but at the same time is the negation with his imagination that new story, fiction or history emerged from that.
Nano is also a lecturer and artistic director at the Visual Art Faculty, ISI Jogyakarta.
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