Monster Pop! explored monsters and the monstrous in popular Indonesian and Australian culture. The exhibition questioned the idea of homogenous global trends while exploring the varying ways monstrosities manifest in cultures – from traditional folklore to contemporary fad and political rhetoric.
Monster Pop! drew from the macabre and ridiculous to highlight the serious and sinister. The artists explored topics from women & gender politics, bikie gangs, religion, the loss of culture, to the horrific inequitable distribution of resources.
31 October 2015 –
14 February 2016
While familiar pop icons such as Marilyn Monroe loom large, Monster Pop! reminded us that popular culture is steeped in tradition, calling upon wayang kulit puppetry, Hindu iconography, Australian Indigenous rites, and ancient fairytales of ghosts in the banyan tree.
Curated by Andy Ewing and Fiona Carter in association with Indonesian Arts Broker Lashita Situmorang.
the monstrous side of Indonesian and Australian contemporary art
Justin Shoulder (Photographed by Jordan Graham) Pinky 2013 photograph mounted on aluminium
MARIA INDRIA SARI
KRISNA WIDIATHAMABAYU WIDODO