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Title

They give evidence

1996-1997

Artist

Dadang Christanto

Indonesia, Australia

1957 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central Java Java Indonesia
    Date
    1996-1997
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Installation
    Materials used
    16 standing figures holding clothes. Figures made from terracotta powder mixed with resin/fibreglass; 22 pieces of clothing made from cloth and resin.
    Dimensions
    dimensions variable :

    a - male figure, 200 cm

    b - clothing, 134.6 cm

    c - female figure, 190 cm

    d - clothing, 106 cm

    e - female figure, 190 cm

    f - clothing, 125 cm

    g - male figure, 200 cm

    h - clothing, 147.5 cm

    i - male figure, 200 cm

    j - clothing, 148 cm

    k - female figure, 190 cm

    l - clothing, 76 cm

    m - child's clothing, 44 cm

    n - female figure, 190 cm

    o - clothing, 140 cm

    p - child's clothing, 44 cm

    q - male figure, 200 cm

    r - clothing, 126 cm

    s - male figure, 200 cm

    t - clothing, 129.5 cm, Piece made in 2003

    u - child's clothing, 48.5 cm, Piece made in 2003

    v - female figure, 190 cm

    w - clothing, 111 cm

    x - child's clothing, 50 cm

    y - female figure, 190 cm

    z - clothing, 101.5 cm

    aa - male figure, 200 cm

    bb - clothing, 138 cm, Piece made in 2003

    cc - male figure, 200 cm

    dd - clothing, 96.5 cm

    ee - child's clothing, 65 cm

    ff - female figure, 190 cm

    gg - clothing, 143 cm

    hh - female figure, 190 cm

    ii - clothing, 142 cm

    jj - male figure, 200 cm

    kk - clothing, 144 cm

    ll - clothing

    Credit
    Purchased 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    337.2003.a-ll
    Copyright
    © Dadang Christanto

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  • About

    Dadang graduated from the Indonesian Art College, Yogyakarta in 1978, and now lives in Darwin. The focus of his work, whether installations or drawings, is human suffering. His work speaks eloquently for the victims of oppression and social injustice. The larger-than-life male and female figures in this installation represents displaced victims, mutely carrying the bodies of innocent men, women, and children who have been killed: testament to the inhumanity of man to man, a silent monument to communal grief. The work strikes an immediate, primeval chord of empathy, pain and compassion, and is a compelling universal plea against humanity.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2003.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Java

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 19 publications

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