Angki Purbandono & PAPs
ATAS NAMA DAUN or “In The Name of the Leaf” Concept by Prison Art Programs – PAPs | Medium: Scanography | Method: Collecting a leaf | The project makes an artistic statement through the cannabis leaf as a symbol of equality in Indonesia and the rest of the world.
Before 2013, Angki would never have expected to get arrested due to the possession of a cannabis leaf. He was jailed in a prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, one of the countries that includes cannabis on the list of illicit drugs. While prison in Indonesia can be a horrible experience by itself, the life of an ex-convict after release continues to be affected after the imprisonment. Society often perpetuates the punishment through discrimination and condemnation. However, in Angki’s case, he was smart enough to use the 10 month jail term as his “art residency” and turned his hoarding habits into art practice. Because of his efforts, he was allowed to use one room in prison as his art studio where conceived this Art Program`s ideology. In May 2013, in cooperation with twenty other inmates, he created ‘Prison Art Programs’. This community-based prison program established a protected environment in which prisoners can work as artists by painting, drawing and scanning. The artistic items produced are meant for a broader distribution.
Prison Art Programs – PAP’s initiated by Angki and supported by other prisoners is an art movement based on collaborative work which uses as an artistic base the “memories of prison”. The platform gives people space, rights and certain freedoms not only during their time in prison but also after their release. In prison art, the creativity and stimulation in a humble context is often plainly visible and coins the artistic expression.
One of the aims of this new prison art genre, “In the Name of the Leaf”, is to make us reflect on the source of knowledge: NATURE. How can we as human beings respect nature and use our knowledge without prejudice? It refers to a utopian time when humans were living in harmony without discrimination based on skin color, sexual preference, religion or politics. This movement is not only for ex-prisoners, but it also serves as a manifestation of respect to the people who have memories of family and friends who are or were in prison. Angki Purbandono uses the medium of scanography and presents “the LEAF” as a medium to express his voice regarding social engagement. After two years, Angki was able to convince the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights to establish this foundation on lawful terms.
“In the name of the Leaf” shown in Kunsthalle Zurich 20th November – 15th January 2016: On Curating “They Print it!”
The Artists: PRISMA
Project: In the Name of the Leaf
Angki Purbandono was born in 1971 in Kendal but now lives and works in Yogyakarta. He is a leading Indonesian contemporary photographer. Angki constantly challenges common perceptions in the field of photography. He radically brings into question the photographer’s use of the camera to take a picture of an object. These reflections led Angki to the development of scanography, a breakthrough technique in which he substitutes the camera with a scanner.
Angki’s signature style of scanography gained major recognition after the exhibition: “Space and Shadows – Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Germany in 2005. Since the early 2000’s, Angki has participated in many exhibitions – locally and abroad. In 2002, Angki, together with a group of fellow photographers, initiated Ruang MES 56, a non-profit institution that focuses on the development of photography art in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Anonymous Zurich Artist
Project Title: Ruthcol
This project presents a collection of multi-layered fictional identities who interact with each other, first in their virtual communities and then in their real life communities to reflect on the world from their very personal points of view.
Each character contributes to the collective spirit, which results in a combination of various opposing vantage points. They investigate the realms of feeling and thought.
Mona Liem has educations and working experience in visual communication, design and management. Her passion for art became one of the reasons to visit courses in art at ZHdK, Oxford University and Node Centre.
Currently she is studying at the Postgraduate Programme in Curating ZHdK and is doing research with Z-lab (Smart Curation ZHdK) and Summer lab (Art Market Strategic in ZHdK). She is fascinated with new media art as art can be explored transdisciplinary and through diverse media. Her MAS final exhibition "PRISMA" (2016) is about identity and new media art connecting two spaces through technology.
Cordelia Oppliger (1968) has an apprenticeship as commercial employee and further educations in public relations, fundraising and creative writing. As a student of the postgraduate programm in curating at the Zurich University of arts she researches the aspects of perception and is interested in combining communication and curating.
She works as head of marketing, public relation and fundraising at a museum and lives in Zurich.
The Artists: DisturbComfort
•Born 1977 in Hamedan (Iran), graduated as master in architecture at the University of Teheran
•Master of Arts in Architecture at Mendrisio (I)
•Started painting at the age of 10 and studied with various artists in Hamedan.
•She works as an architect and project manager for energy mananagement and construction hygiene at the City of Zurich.
•As an artist she favours the drawing of urban impressions.