aquatint etching on 200 gsm Artemedia paper
by Iwan Effendi feat. Papermoon Puppet Theatre
20 x 14.4 cm
Based on their research about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia, Papermoon Puppet Theatre dedicates Mwathirika to the victims and missing family members of this tragedy—as well as the many other tragedies caused by political turmoil in our world. In 2016, Mwathirika was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Southbank Centre, London; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff as part of the British Council’s "Discover Indonesia" program. It was also presented by the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australia. In 2012, Center Stage, the cultural exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, brought Mwathirika to five states and seven cities in the United States. Additionally, the show was part of the Darwin Festival, Australia and the ASEAN Puppetry Festival in Singapore on the same year.
Iwan Effendi (b. 1979, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) studied at the Department of Visual Art in Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 2002 to 2004. In April 2006, Effendi and his wife, Ria Tri Sulistyani, founded the Papermoon Puppet Theatre, and in 2020, he founded Ing Printmaking Studio. His solo exhibitions to date include DRAWING withdrawing (2020) and Face to Face (2019) at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore; Lunang at Lir Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2013); Eye of the Messenger at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2011); and Two Shoes for Dancing at Valentine Willie Fine Art (Project Room), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2009). He has also participated in group exhibitions in Bulgaria, Singapore, Australia, The Netherlands, Philippines, France, Japan, United States, and Mexico. He has undertaken residencies with the Museum of Art in Kōchi, Japan (2015); Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia (2014); and Asian Cultural Council in New York, USA (2009-10) researching on puppetry, visual, and performance arts. Effendi lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
PAPERMOON PUPPET THEATRE
Papermoon Puppet Theatre was founded in April 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Co-Artistic Director Maria Tri Sulistyani (Ria). She has since nurtured, developed, and expanded the company together with Co-Artistic Director Iwan Effendi, a visual artist and Papermoon’s puppet designer. Among other close collaborators, we work with a collective of puppeteers, which includes Anton Fajri, Pambo Priyojati, and Beni Sanjaya. To date, Papermoon Puppet Theatre has created more than 30 puppet performances and visual art installations and exhibitions, which we have toured to more than 10 countries. In 2008, we launched Pesta Boneka, an international puppet biennale that welcomes puppeteers from around the world to our home city, where they can share their work in a community setting.
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