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Dadang Christanto

(Indonesia, Australia 1957 – )

They give evidence

Location
Not on display
Further information

Dadang graduated from the Indonesian Art College, Yogyakarta in 1978, and now lives in Darwin. The focus of his work, whether installations or drawings, is human suffering. His work speaks eloquently for the victims of oppression and social injustice. The larger-than-life male and female figures in this installation represents displaced victims, mutely carrying the bodies of innocent men, women, and children who have been killed: testament to the inhumanity of man to man, a silent monument to communal grief. The work strikes an immediate, primeval chord of empathy, pain and compassion, and is a compelling universal plea against humanity.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2003.

Place of origin
Central Java, Java, Indonesia
Year
1996-1997
Media
Sculpture, Installation
Medium
16 standing figures holding clothes. Figures made from terracotta powder mixed with resin/fibreglass; 22 pieces of clothing made from cloth and resin.
Dimensions
dimensions variable :
a - male figure; 200 cm; Piece made in 2003
b - clothing; 134.6 cm; Piece made in 2003
c - female figure; 190 cm; Piece made in 2003
d - clothing; 106 cm
e - female figure; 190 cm
f - clothing; 125 cm
g - male figure; 200 cm
h - clothing; 147.5 cm
i - male figure; 200 cm
j - clothing; 148 cm
k - female figure; 190 cm
l - clothing; 76 cm
m - child's clothing; 44 cm
n - female figure; 190 cm
o - clothing; 140 cm
p - child's clothing; 44 cm
q - male figure; 200 cm
r - clothing; 126 cm
s - male figure; 200 cm
t - clothing; 129.5 cm
u - child's clothing; 48.5 cm
v - female figure; 190 cm
w - clothing; 111 cm
x - child's clothing; 50 cm
y - female figure; 190 cm
z - clothing; 101.5 cm
aa - male figure; 200 cm
bb - clothing; 138 cm
cc - male figure; 200 cm
dd - clothing; 96.5 cm
ee - child's clothing; 65 cm
ff - female figure; 190 cm
gg - clothing; 143 cm
hh - female figure; 190 cm
ii - clothing; 142 cm
jj - male figure; 200 cm
kk - clothing; 144 cm
ll - clothing
Credit
Purchased 2003
Accession number
337.2003.a-ll
Copyright
© Dadang Christanto