3 Young Contemporaries 2007:
Angki Purbandono, Lena Cobangbang and Sharon Chin
Thursday, 8th March 2007 - Saturday, 24 Mar 2007
(Members of the press are cordially invited to the private opening on Friday,7 March, at 8pm)
3 Young Contemporaries is VWFA's annual exhibition to introduce 3 emerging artists from Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region. The aim of this show is to seek out fresh approaches and highlight the many ways in which young artists are shaping responses to contemporary experience and pushing the possibilities of current practice.
This year's 3 Young Contemporaries are: Angki Purbandono (Yogyakarta/Indonesia), Lena Cobangbang (Manila/Philippines) and Sharon Chin (KL/Malaysia). All three artists are making a name for themselves in their respective home countries. Apart from their individual art practice, they are also agile multi-taskers, often involved in other projects, working as writers and managers or committed members of an artists' collective or space.
Their works are charged with tensions and provocations borrowed from the streets and popular culture. From issues of identity, history, displacement, mobility and space, they each bring with them stories about their respective environments expressed through a range of media as various as painting and drawing, digital images and video, found object installations, embroidery and many more.
Angki Purbandono (b. 1971, Semarang) studied graphic design at Modern School of Design, Yogyakarta and later at Yogyakarta Art Institute, majoring in photography, arts and media recording. He presented his first solo exhibition in 1999, "Kolasmaniac" at French Indonesian Institute (LIP) in Yogyakarta and "My Brain Packages" at Center Culturel Francais (CCF) in Jakarta. In the same year, Angki collaborated with his friends in "Revolution no. 9", an exhibition at Antara Journalistic Photo Gallery, Jakarta. This exhibition attracted many viewers as it presented a new approach in photography in Indonesia. He received the Asian Artist Fellowship at Changdong Art Studio in Seoul, South Korea in 2005. Angki is one of the founders of Ruang MES 56, an alternative photography room in Yogyakarta and he is currently the programme manager at Ruang MES 56.
Lena Cobangbang (b. 1976, Manila) graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) with a degree in Fine Arts. Often described as an obsessive-compulsive among friends, her work deals mainly with memory, habits, mapping, film and other local popular obsessions. Apart from making art, Lena writes, was once a vocalist of an indie-band, and is also involved with the independent film-making circle doubling as production designer. She also works an art administrator and is one of the founding members of Surrounded By Water, an artist collective in Manila. In 2006, Lena received the prestigious CCP Thirteen Artists Award, a triennial awards programme which honours 13 promising young artists who are progressively breaking new grounds in their work.
Sharon Chin (b. 1980, Kuala Lumpur) returned from her studies in New Zealand and Australia (Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland 2001, BFA Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 2003) in 2004. Within this short span of time, this young artist has already made quite an impact on the Malaysian art scene. Working with text and sculpture especially in site-specific installations, Chin's work looks at how we negotiate geography, history, human relations, and language in the contemporary imagination. Chin's most recent body of work, Fourth World, was shown at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur this year. She is the recipient of the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund Award in 2006.