Spatial Kitsch

Site-Specific installation artwork at Gallery National Jakarta
raffia, sling steel
various dimension on a span of 26×15 m


The installation explores the concept of creating space and involves an interdisciplinary approach between art and architecture. The approach emphasizes the interconnection and collaboration between different fields and transcends boundaries. The installation is site-specific and was commissioned for the SEA+ Triennale 2016, located between building A and C of the National Gallery. The contrast between the sacred and heritage buildings and the kitsch of raffia plastic rope is used to create a tension and evoke another dimension of spatial representation through the catenary structure. The use of raffia material reflects the tension between high and low art and our coexistence with cultural and popular kitsch that may distance the audience from fine art values.