Artist conversation: Moelyono

An artist conversation

Moelyono is an artist who is known for his long-term collaborations with communities, the stories and struggles of who he often shares through his works.

For The Soils Project he presents two paintings depicting Ludruk, a form of non-hierarchical people’s theatre founded in East Java, which satirises the performers’ everyday lives and challenges: whether struggles against eviction and hunger or trans women claiming their right to speak in public. These paintings are the result of a five-year collaboration with a group of Ludruk performers.

Moelyono has adapted idioms from this art form as it is a powerful way to express the problems of these communities and problems that are fundamentally close to their daily life.

The Soils Project closes 12 November 2023.

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Header image: Moelyono, Berkaca Dulu, 2020, oil on canvas, 190x 270cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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