JAKARTA, INA, 1975
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Eddy Susanto is one of ArtSociates’s most important artists. He studied graphic design before embarking in his art career; this was possibly the influence to his prudent, erudite approach in art. His artworks are created by conducting extensive researches on certain points in history, exploring the notions of historical narratives and the development of identity. They portray fragments of local history parallel to the world’s history, interpolating cultural identity of the East into the historical elements of the West. Eddy’s paintings mostly incorporate Javanese passages in its native hanacaraka script, taken from several important Javanese pieces of literature. His series of Sembilan Mata Hari Centhini (2012), for example, was created around the analogy found between the character of Mata Hari and the dance movements described in Serat Centhini, and his works titled Java of Dürer (2011) – the artwork that earned him the accolade of Bandung Contemporary Art Award #2 in 2012 – replace Albrecht Dürer’s engraved lines with passages from Babad Tanah Jawi.