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Hahan by Uji
by Darren Knight Gallery
Location: Darren Knight Gallery
Date: 19 Jul - 16 Aug 2014

Born in Kebumen, Java in 1983 and graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogyakarta in 2009, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Suputro lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 

Hahan’s work blends youth culture, fashion, punk, comics and tattoo art with Javanese mythology to create works that both critique and admit complicity with, the structures and mechanisms of the commercial artworld. Indeed, themes of rejection and success are present throughout Hahan’s practice, which spans painting, sculpture, drawing and print-making. These works offer an insight into the psyche of a post-boom South-East Asian artist navigating the complexities and challenges of an expanding global art world. With a Warholian sense of detachment and knowing, Hahan makes works that ultimately create their own space within the world of contemporary art.

Coinciding with his exhibition at the Darren Knight Gallery, Hahan will undertake a month long residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre while participating in their exhibition The List (8 August – 12 October). The List aims to establish relationships with the youth of the Campbelltown area, engaging them with contemporary art practice and bridging the gap between young people and art. Hahan’s project for the exhibition is about personal identity, inviting the kids of Campbelltown to investigate and document the various elements which construct their identities.

Hahan has had solo presentations at several recent international art fairs, including Dallas Art Fair (2014), Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and ABC Contemporary, Berlin (both 2013) and Art Basel Hong Kong (2012). Recent solo exhibitions by the artist include The Graphite Dust and Indian Ink of Hahan, Equator Art Projects, Singapore (2013), UD. Uji Handoko, Langgeng Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (2011) and Sorry, no canvas today, Sigiarts, Jakarta, Indonesia (2009). Current and recent group exhibitions include The List, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia (2014), The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane (2012) and Art Jog 11, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Ekspansi, a collaboration with Gintani Swastika, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, Beastly of Indonesia Contemporary Art 2011, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Brest Fest 2012, Center Cultural Francais, Yogyakarta, Jogja Agro Pop, Jakarta Art District, Jakarta, Indonesia, The alleys of city named Jogja, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy and PUNKASILA project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia (all 2011).

While Internationalism = Less than 24 Hour Weekend is Hahan’s first solo exhibition at the Darren Knight Gallery, his association with the gallery dates back to 2007 through his involvement with PUNKASILA, a rock band and art collective formed in Yogyakarta in 2006 under the guidance of Melbourne artist Danius Kesminas. 

*image (left)
Hide 1, 2014
embroidery, readymade carpet, 95 x 148cm
courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery 

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