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I Wayan Sudarna Putra


Brian Mertens

I WAYAN SUDARNA PUTRA, Perang, 2001 (detail), mixed-media on canvas, 200 x 725 cm.

It was an unexpected thrill to wander into Sika Gallery in Ubud and encounter 'Api' (Fire), an exhibition of works by I Wayan Sudarna Putra, a Balinese artist just 25 years old. The show offered a panoramic vision of Indonesia's turbulent recent history - troubled and dark, but with rays of hope. Sudarna's vision is earnest, verging on naive, a sensitive student's revulsion at injustice and the dark side of…

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