Jumaadi: My Love is in an Island Far Away
My Love is in an Island Far Away, is a major solo exhibition of commissioned artworks by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Jumaadi, and takes inspiration from the celebrated poem of the same name Cintaku Jauh di Pulau, by one of Indonesia's most important writers, Chairil Anwar.
The exhibition imagery traverses the histories and narratives that weave between our neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Australia. In several new artworks, Jumaadi responds to and interprets the historical events of the internment of Javanese political detainees, who lived in exile in the Dutch penal colony of Tanah Merah, Digul, Western Papua from 1926 and were eventually stationed in Cowra, Central Western NSW at the request of the Dutch colonists during WWII.
The artist juxtaposes these little known and dark events in our nations’ shared histories with Chairil Anwar's epic and folkloric narrative tale of voyage, longing and love.