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Performance: Kartika Suharto-Martin

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Level 4, Building 6

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Australian-Javanese artist Kartika Suharto-Martin has been invited by Leyla Stevens to perform an iteration of her work Genjer-Genjer, titled and formed around the performance of a folk song from East Java with a complex history connected to resistance and survival.

Their Sea is Always Hungry uses speculative and documentary modes of filmmaking to consider the impact of the silenced history of Indonesia’s 1965–66 mass violence in which a reported 80,000 people died in Bali alone. In counterpoint, the exhibition features a feminist retelling of the 1970s cult surf film, Morning of the Earth, which sold a vision of Bali as an exotic surfer paradise, particularly within the Australian imagination.

About Leyla Stevens

Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and researcher who works predominantly with moving image. Working within modes of representation that shift between documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with a notion of counter histories and alternative genealogies. Stevens holds an MFA by Research from Sydney College of the Arts and since graduating in 2011 her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Past exhibitions and selections include: the 2018 John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries; BEAUT 19, Triennale of Unwhere, Brisbane, 2019; Of Love and Decomposition, Firstdraft, 2016; the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) at Artspace; and SafARI, 2014. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Technology Sydney, which has been supported in part by an Australian Postgraduate Award.

About Kartika Suharto-Martin

Kartika Suharto-Martin is a Sydney based artist and performer of Australian Javanese heritage. Through installation, performance, music and collage she explores personal history, place and identity. Kartika is a member of Woven, a collective of Australian artists with personal connections to Indonesia who have recently exhibited at Casula Powerhouse and Cement Fondu; and is a dancer, singer and performer with Suara Indonesia Dance group, a traditional Indonesian and contemporary dance group. Kartika graduated from UNSW with a BFA in 2015 and currently works as an Educator at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Image: Leyla Stevens, Rites for the Missing (cropped still), 2019, 2-channel video. Courtesy the artist.

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