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PUTU SUTAWIJAYA (b. Indonesia 1970)
PUTU SUTAWIJAYA (b. Indonesia 1970)

Melawan siapa (Fighting who)

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PUTU SUTAWIJAYA (b. Indonesia 1970) Melawan siapa (Fighting who) signed and dated 'Putu Sutawijaya 2004' (lower left); signed and dated again and titled (on reverse) oil on canvas 54 1/8 x 54 1/8 in. (140 x 140 cm.)

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The movement in this work is reminiscent of the artist's own experience with traditional Balinese dance in his younger years. The dance which he protested against whilst learning it as a child has become a way to accentuate his Balinese cultural identity since leaving his home island. Depicting the figures working together to push back the all-encompassing white wall, 'Fighting who' evokes feelings of ritualism and primitivism which bring potent and symbolic value to his work.

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