Kali Boyong

Maryanto

Medium: Scratching, acrylic on canvas
Size of work: 150 cm x 200 cm

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Building on his ongoing research around the pillaging of land in Indonesia, Maryanto investigates the burgeoning exploitation of sand in the area. He reflects on the growing tensions between traditional miners and corporations, where the latter is accelerating the extent of sand mining in Indonesia towards greater destruction. His evocative, black and white paintings, Miner Bivaouc and Kali Boyong, bring to life the asymmetrical power relations that animate around this dangerous but financially lucrative industry. In Javanese mythology it is said: Merapi always gives everything as needed and always gives it, so take what is sufficient. Through these works, Maryanto draws on the transnational politics of volcanic sand mining and warns us of the receding boundaries of place-based knowledge, traditional livelihoods, and pastoral ways of life. 

About the Artist

Maryanto is an Indonesian artist who creates evocative, black and white paintings, drawings, and installations that undermine the romantic language of traditional landscape painting to examine socio-political structures in the physical spaces that he depicts. Through fable-like and theatrical settings, these landscapes are subjected to the whims of colonisers and capitalists through technological development, industrialisation, pollution of the land and exploitation of its natural resources.For S.E.A Focus 2022, Maryanto will present a new body of work that explores the situation of sand mining around Merapi, Yogyakarta. Building on his ongoing research around the pillaging of land in Indonesia, Maryanto investigates the burgeoning exploitation of sand in the area for urban development and global production, at a pace that increasingly exceeds natural renewal.