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Agust Suwage 

Specters Of Civilization

BY Rifky Effendy

AGUST SUWAGEI Want To Live Another Thousand Years, 2006-07, oil on canvas, 27 pieces, each 150 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist.

One of Indonesia's most prominent artists, Agus Suwage (see AAP 48) has exhaustively explored self-portraiture throughout his career. Suwage’s paintings often depict himself in evocative acts of restraint or humiliation—getting doused by a splash of electric blue fluid or having his tiny, dismembered head pressed between two giant fingers. But Suwage’s latest exhibition, “I/CON” at Jakarta’s Nada Gallery, stopped friends and…

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