Akiq AW: Border v2.0

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.

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’.”

Akiq AW

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