My practice revolves around political and socio-economical concepts, raising the issues of imperialism, globalisation, postcolonialism, and indigenous empowerment, particularly in Indonesia. Utilising performative and contemporary elements of art-making, I'm reclaiming the art space as an act of decolonisation and resistance against hyper-capitalistic culture.

 

Weaving symbols and metaphors into the material, my practice often invokes juxtaposing double entendre that the viewers may decipher from each material; for example, the batik textile as a symbol of ethnic identity as well as being the product of Javanese imperialism. By contextualising the material, my practice reframes the archives of Indonesian history as a critique of blind nationality and chauvinism, provoking the viewers into questioning the canon and the propaganda; the colonised and the coloniser; the oppressed and the oppressor.

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Henri Affandi is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He earned his degree in BA (Hon) Fine Art: Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2021. Affandi has been involved in a number of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at LCF High Holborn, a collaborative performance at Copeland Gallery in March 2020, and the If Things Grow Wrong exhibition at Museum de Lakenhal between October 2021 to January 2022. Affandi’s artworks have been featured in various media outlets such as the Guardian UK, Jubi.co.id, and Suara.com amongst many others.

Education 

2018 - 2021

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting

Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London

Exhibitions

Solo

2020

Group

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

Paradise Island, LCF High Holborn, London UK

If Things Grow Wrong, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden NL

Final Notice, BA Fine Arts Degree Show at Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK

 

Tonawi Mana, online exhibition, www.udeido.com

 

Ninth World, Peckham Safehouse 1, London UK

 

Penultimatum, Copeland Gallery, London UK

 

Sunday Service, curated by Vicious Collective at Stour

Space, London UK

 

P.S. P.S., curated by Primordial Soup at Venue MOT, London UK

 

Indonesia Through Your Eyes, Imperial College London, UK

 

Possible Future, London College of Communication, UK

Press

2020

Mallett, Evan, 'Blacklisted', ATO Magazine: Spring Issue, April 2021

Firdaus, Febriana, 'Global protests throw spotlight on alleged police abuses in West Papua', on theguardian.com, 11 June 2020.

Mambor, Victor. 'Ketika pernyataan Mahfud MD tentang korban HAM Papua menjadi sebuah karya seni', on jubi.co.id, 2 June 2020.

Garjito, Dany. 'Viral! Karya Seni dari Pernyataan Mahfud MD soal Korban HAM Papua', on suara.com, 2 June 2020.