• Equilibrium, Variable Dimensions, 2018, Pinapple leaf's fiber, wax and mirror
  • Exile, 120 x 100 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Genealogy of Science, 140 x 120 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas
  • The Last Embrace, 140 x 120 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Fragmen Terakhir Drupadi (Last Fragmen of Drupadi), 360cm, 2018, Pinapple leaf's fiber
  • Figur Pagi (Figure of the Dawn), 186 x 80 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Leather
  • Figur Senja (Figure of the Dusk), 133 x 82 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Leather
  • Figur Malam (Figure of the Night), 116 x 80 cm, 2018, Acrylic on Leather
  • The Fountain, diameter 50cm, 2 panels, 2018, Bamboo, Leather and Bells
  • Observation of Silence, 5'21'', 2018, Video Installation

UNDER THE SKIN

31 March - 28 April 2018
Artist in residence exhibition #9
Citra Sasmita (INA)

Opening: Saturday, 31 March 2018, 4 pm
Venue: REDBASE Yogyakarta
Ds. Jurug RT 02, No. 72 Bangunharjo, Sewon, Bantul
Yogyakarta 55187 INDONESIA

Artist talk: Monday, 2 April 2018, 2 pm
Venue: REDBASE Yogyakarta


Amidst the rapid progress of democratic practices and human
rights struggles in Indonesia, the phenomenon of marginalization of women in
form of discrimination, exploitation and injustice is still unavoidable. The
luck of contemporary women who now have a much greater chance of equal rights
with men, especially in areas such as education, employment, and social
relationships, often clashing with patriarchal-cultural hegemony that has been
ingrained in social life.

Patriarchal culture is a classical perspective to perceive
the existence of women, where the role of men is preferred and considered to
have higher authority than women. Superior and inferior stereotypes attached to
each gender are accepted and passed into social construction. Such social
construction then gains unbalanced pattern of relations between men and women,
both within the social, cultural, political, and legal systems.

Citra Sasmita, a female artist born in Tabanan, Bali, who
concentrates her work on women\'s issues. Her awareness as Balinese women who
grew up in the middle of patriarchal culture, gave rise to the criticality of
the system which has been subordinating, even to ignore the role and formation
of women\'s identity. Through a visual language enriched in symbols, Citra
elaborates the issues of identity, stigma and sexuality narrated through the
image of the female body. The idea of voicing sacrifice, struggle, and hope,
this time packed in her third solo exhibition, entitled \"Under The Skin\".The
exhibition \"Under The Skin\" is a presentation of Citra Sasmita\'s
residency at Redbase Foundation Yogyakarta. The opportunity to reside and live
in Yogyakarta since December 2017 has introduced her to various situations and
people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The diversity and
distinctiveness of Javanese culture with Bali that she experienced, a little
more influenced her works perspective. If in some series of previous works
Citra tends to read women from aspect of independence and social construction,
in this exhibition she is trying to raise the power of women in the society.

During her exploration through the streets of Yogyakarta,
Citra was captivated by the rush of traditional markets. The market that has
been a part of every household’s morning, becomes an interesting location to be
observed. Through observation in these traditional markets, Citra found hidden
values that she could explore further. Among the narrow labels attached to
women, for example, that the kitchen is the place of women; mother should go to
market (not to office); and so on, the real marketplace becomes a space to meet
and work with the strong women. Space where they also establish a mutual and
empowering relationship, between the seller with the buyer, or between fellow
sellers and buyers. On the other hand, a market that is undoubtedly dominated
by women, becomes a real tool for the role of women in the wheels of the
economy.

On this occasion, Citra Sasmita featured ten recent works he
created during his residency. Six of them are paintings, three of them are on
canvas and three other are on leather. In addition to painting, Citra made
three installations and one video installation. One of the installations is
made of pineapple fiber braided like 360 cm long hair. This hair is aimed as
analogy to Drupadi\'s hair, a figure of a tough and independent woman in the
epic Mahabharata who dared to maintain her pride.

The hair, meat and skin symbols found in Citra\'s works
are addressed to describe the connection, attachment, sacrifice and
self-defense of women. The idea can be traced, for example, to the works of the
Last Embrace paintings that speak of relationships and sacrifices. Another work
that is a critique of autobiotry as well as activator, is Genealogy of Silence.
In the work depicted a woman wrapped in cloth, sitting upright on an old chair.
Her expression was unscathed, with braided hair wrapped around his right arm.
Beside her, the woman\'s hair was attached to a collection of faces and sheets
of flesh. Through this work, Citra tells us about silence culture, which is
silence, passiveness and woman\'s acceptance of its condition, accepted and
believed to be ingrained.

- Vina Puspita