The exhibition Border v2.0 was held at Chan Contemporary Art Space in November 2014, showcasing the video and photography work by Indonesian artist, Akiq AW.
The artist explains –
“This exhibition is developed out of my recent exhibition ‘Border’ at Watch This Space ARI in Alice Springs. In making this exhibition, and its theme of ‘border’ I want to learn about this place and people’s lives, through its façade, the physical appearance of the city and the social codes and conventions that exist. And in my photographs, I include simple and insignificant objects that speak of life here, as I want to know what life is like in a modern western city, and in a remote location of Alice Springs.
The term ‘border’ refers to a conceptual line that divides or separates multiple aspects that exist in social life; i.e. private from public, rural to urban, us from them, necessary to disposable, lawful from criminal. ‘Borders’ exist in different shapes and manifestations; they may be a system of signs or a spatial arrangement, and they live on in our consciousness, collective understanding and social agreement.
In Border v2.0, to be exhibited at the Chan Contemporary Art Space, I will extend my survey of the everyday borders to my hometown country, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, using the same approach I used in Alice Springs. I will exhibit both series of works together, from Alice Springs and Indonesia, extending on the work exhibited at Watch This Space ARI. As well, I will make a workshop with young people to ask what it really feels like to be people of our city, about being Indigenous, a term that we don’t usually think about. The artworks and video documentation coming out of the workshop will also be part of the exhibition.”
Below is a photo by Akiq AW titled ‘Wajib Belajar’. Akiq describes it as being “[A] new order term for a certain government program to push family to send their children to school. I think there’s a correlation on how government in Australia try to push people and communities to ‘transform’ and ‘progress’.”