Light

Light

Light

Single channel video
4’ 19”
2015

“Tracing the relationship of energy and purpose of life from several perspectives and viewpoints. Removing the conventional boundaries that segregates, then melt it. Finding the intersection and similiarity. So which is considered as detached or different in the abstract concept and sense, now reconciliable — in the concrete level, as well. Thus, the tendency of two-way looking at the reality could be integrated.” – Arahmaiani

One by one, the faces appeared from the candle-lit darkness. Each says one word when the flame extinguished. Light trying to bring back the memories of the stories in the past. There are at least eight keywords said by nine people; conscience, coffin, earth, hearth, thief, courage, prayer, and God. Two of them say the same word, heart, which appeared between earth and courage.

Since the 80s, Arahmaiani has used her body as medium. Some of her performances has also been coded into video. There are form of performance documentations that puts video as secondary medium, and also video work which explicitly makes video as primary medium as also seen in Lights.

Arahmaiani

. As a student in Institut Teknologi Bandung, he had been known as a performance artist who is critical to New Order policies. He then restarted his study in painting at Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Enschede, the Netherland (1991-1992). He regularly created live performance works as well as constructed on video. His works often showed contemporary visual art exhibitions stage; Global Feminism in Brooklyn Museum, New York, United States (2007); Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane (1996), Havana Biennale, Cuba (1997), Biennale de Lyon (2000), Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil; Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2002).