28 - 30 july 2021

Nanyang academy of fine arts

Presentation (Live)

Day 1Wednesday 28 July 2021, 14:35

Weaving the Ocean

Ari Bayuaji

For centuries, textile production has abounded throughout the world. Balinese textiles were fabricated using materials found in nature, like cotton coloured with dyes extracted from root barks and leaves. My project is inspired by the role materials played both in the creation of textiles and in human civilization. 'Weaving The Ocean' began with the idea of replacing vanishing natural materials with new "natural" materials. One day, I discovered plastic fishermen's ropes entangled in the roots of mangrove trees along the coast of Bali. I was inspired to use the plastic threads from the rope as material for weaving textiles as sculptural fabric using traditional Balinese hand-weaving techniques. Plastic is now so omnipresent that it has now become an element of the natural world. In Bali during the pandemic, revenue from tourism has dried up. With many people unemployed, I was able to provide some income for nine assistants and collaborators but only been able to help out a handful of people, really wishing to do more. I have been exploring with fellow Balinese what the community might do if business from tourism is no longer viable. The answer is to be found in nature. Bali possesses a wealth of natural resources to be exploited as well as conserved. The interweaving culture and nature in a harmonious manner is one of most hopeful things human beings can do and hopefully, this project will develop further to sustain the environment and to help out more people in this society.

Ari is a visual artist based in Montreal (Canada) and Bali (Indonesia). Born in Indonesia in 1975, Ari moved permanently to Canada in 2005, following the completion of his studies in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal (2005-2010). Sharing his time between Montreal and Bali, the artist is known mainly for his art installations and artworka which addresses issues related to contemporary problems in society.

His artworks are collected by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Quebec National Museum of Fine Art. His artistic projects and installations have been featured in solo exhibitions at major international institutions such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2019), The Esplanade Theatres on The Bay, Singapore (2014 and 2019), Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Dusseldorf Germany (2019), Nunu Fine Art, Taipei Taiwan (2018), the Redbase Foundation, Jogjakarta Indonesia (2016) and Kunstal, Rotterdam The Netherlands (2016) as well as a residency in collaboration with the Agnes B. Foundation (Paris) in St. Alvère France (2017).