In this post I’ll mention a few other works in the APT7 that caught my eye.
Below Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan), Indonesia | Letters to the Great Saatchi 2011 | Synthetic polymer paint on canvas | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Hahan’s work was the poster images for the exhibition – an interesting choice, since it is a fairly difficult aesthetic and not for everyone. I guess this difference and edginess is the point of highlighting his work, and the fact that it is a criticism of the commercial art system. Letters to the Great Saatchi (below) refers to an exhibition of work by Indonesian artists at London’s Saatchi Gallery and shows a pile of figures surmounted by a character waving a flag that obscures his face, symbolising the struggle for success and the likelihood of remaining unknown in the art world.
Below: Sara Rahbar , Iran/United States | Cycles (Flag #7), Glorious Haze, Unstable, you disappear in the distance (Flag #17) from Flag Series | Installation and detail views | Flags, vintage textiles, military badges, gold guns and aeroplane military pins | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Sara Rahbar’s autobiographical flags express her inner tensions following her family’s flight from Iran in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution and the beginning of the Iran–Iraq War in the early 1980s. The flags are ornamental and complex, accumulating fine embroidered fabrics, carpet, ornamental fringes, fragments of text, and religious and political symbols.