Tracking project: “Pohon jati riwayatmu kini”/ Series

Anang Saptoto
Seri proyek “Pohon Jati Riwayatmu Kini”

1. “Pohon Jati Riwayatmu Kini 1”
Anang Saptoto, Photography print on acrylic, aluminum, variable dimension (33 pieces), 2012 (ARTJOG 2012)
Exhibition view: Photography print on recycle paper, mounted on cappa board, aluminum (33 pieces), 2013

Pohon jati riwayatmu kini 1 (Artjog 2012)

Pohon jati riwayatmu kini 1 (Kuota 4)

Pohon jati riwayatmu kini 1 (Southeast Asia Contemporary Art)

Exhibition:
(2012) “Looking East! A Gaze Upon Indonesian Contemporary Art, ARTJOG12″, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(2013) “Kepingan”, Kuota #4, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition view: Photography print on recycle paper, mounted on cappa board, aluminum (33 pieces), 2013
(2013) “Southeast Asia Contemporary”, Helu-Trans, Tanjung Pagar, Singapore

2. “Pohon Jati Riwayatmu kini 2”
Anang Saptoto, Video projection, lifesize, 7 part image of wood (LIR version), variable dimantion and composition, 2012

Pohon jati riwayatmu kini 2 (Size/ Open studio)

Acknowledgement:
(2016) “The Best Young Artist Award #1 RedBase Foundation”, RedBase Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Exhibition:
(2012) “Size” Open Studio, LIR Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(2016) “Young Artist Award #1 Exhibition”, RedBase Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(2016) “Exhibition of The Best Artwork Young Artist Award #1”, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

3. “The Heritage of Indonesia”
Anang Saptoto, in collaboration with Ying-Hao Lee & Shih-Tung Lo, 03:03 “, single channel video HD, Taipei, 2016

4. “Furniture Feeling”
Anang Saptoto, 01:28″, single channel video HD, sound by P.C.B. Otaku Attack Mario, Taipei, 2016

5. “Consistent 1”
Anang Saptoto,01:13 “, single channel video HD, Taipei, 2016

The heritage of Indonesia (Exchange program MES 56 x OCAC Taiwan)

Furnitur feeling (Exchange program MES 56 x OCAC Taiwan)

Consistent 1 (Exchange program MES 56 x OCAC Taiwan)

Exhibition:
(2016/ Solo) “Few weeks in a relation flow, it’s ok!”, Instant42 Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

Residency:
Exchange Program, Ruang MES 56 and Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC) Taipei, Taiwan

Exhibition:
(2016) “Co-Temporary: Artist Exchange”, Jogja Contemporary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(2016) “Time-Space Loop”, 435 Art Zone, New Taipei City, Taiwan
(2016/ Solo) “Few weeks in a relation flow, it’s ok!”, Instant42 Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

6. “A Story of Family Inheritance #1 (Mrs. Tri Lestari)”
Anang Saptoto, digital print on paper, wooden frame with glasses, 100x70cm, 2016

7. “A Story of Family Inheritance #2 (Mrs. Tri Lestari)”
Anang Saptoto in collaboration with Uma Guma, Single Channel video, with table instalation, tv, 2016

A story of family inheritance (Mrs. Tri Lestari)

Exhibition:
(2016) “Co-Temporary: Artist Exchange”, Jogja Contemporary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Exchange Program, Ruang MES 56 and Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC) Taipei, Taiwan

Pada pertengahan 2008, saya pergi ke Bukit Tawing yang terletak di Grobogan, Jawa Tengah. Tampaknya pada tahun 1980-an, Bukit Tawing adalah hutan jati yang hijau dan subur. Siapa yang mengira bahwa pada saat saya tiba di tempat ini, tidak ada satu pun pohon jati yang dapat ditemukan di bukit ini? Dari jauh, pemandangan Bukit Tawing mengingatkan saya pada kue ulang tahun yang telah hilang setengah diambil oleh seseorang. Tak hanya pohon jati yang hilang, tebing batu kapur juga telah diretas dan ditambang oleh penduduk sekitar untuk dijual ke perusahaan semen di Jawa Tengah dan sekitarnya. Selama bertahun-tahun sejak saat itu, sumber air alami telah habis di banyak wilayah di sekitar Grobogan; sumur dan sungai mengering. Itu kering, berdebu dan panas, dengan suhu mencapai lebih dari 40 derajat celcius.

Setelah keluar dari pengalaman saya di Bukit Tawing, saya melihat setumpuk kayu jati di sebuah toko yang menjual kayu di dekat rumah saya dan sangat tertarik untuk mengetahui lebih banyak tentang kayu tersebut. Saya mengobrol dengan penjual kayu, mendokumentasikan tiap-tiap glondongan kayu dan mengukurnya masing-masing. Saya sangat ingin tahu tentang potongan kayu. Tinggi dan diameternya, dan selur-selur sebagai penunjuk umur kayu. Kode-kode yang tertulis pada kayu tersebut juga menimbulkan pertanyaan besar bagi saya. Itu seperti melihat dokumentasi sejarah yang memetakan perjalanan kayu ini, ceritanya terkunci di belakang angka, warna, dan huruf.

Sejak saat itu, saya terus menelusuri perjalanan cerita kayu jati di berbagai kesempatan dan sudut pandang dalam menggali nilai dan informasinya. Tak hanya di Indonesia, saat saya melakukan perjalanan ke negera lain saya terus berusaha mencari informasi-informasi seputar kayu jati. Seperti pengalaman saya tinggal dan bekerja di Taipei selama 2 bulan, saya banyak menemukan kayu-kayu jati yang di impor dari Indonesia dan dijual sebagai produk furniture yang banyak diminati di Taiwan. Bahkan sekembalinya saya ke Indonesia, saya melanjutkan beberapa penelurusan terkait dengan kayu jati ini melalui sejarah identitas keluarga. Kayu jati yang telah diolah menjadi furniture, mampu menjadi media transformasi identitas dari generasi ke generasi. Sebagai peninggalan serta tali pengingat identitas dan tradisi.

Pohon jati riwayatmu kini, dulu di hutan sekarang di sini.

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In the middle of 2008, I went to Bukit Tawing located in Grobogan, Central Java. It seems that back in the 1980’s, Bukit Tawing was a lush verdant teak forest. Who would have thought that by the time I arrived in this place, not a single teak tree could be found on this hill? From afar, the view of Bukit Tawing reminds me of an iced cake that has been dug into by someone. The limestone cliffs have also been hacked away and mined by the residents of area. For years now, natural water sources have been depleted in many areas around Grobogan; wells and rivers have dried up. It is dry, dusty and hot, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees celcius.

After coming away from my experience in Bukit Tawing, I saw a stack of teak logs in a shop selling wood near my house and was very interested to know more about the wood. I chatted with the wood-seller, documented the logs and measured each of the them. I was very curious about the cut sections of wood. The height and diameter, and the grain indicate the age of the wood. The codes scrawled on them raised for me some big questions. It was like looking at historical documentation charting the journey of this wood, its stories locked behind the numbers, colour and letters.

Since then, I have continued to trace the journey of teak wood in various opportunities and points of view in exploring its values and information. Not only in Indonesia, when I travel to other countries I keep trying to find information about teak wood. As my experience of living and working in Taipei for 2 months, I found a lot of teak wood imported from Indonesia and sold as furniture products that are in great demand in Taiwan. Even when I returned to Indonesia, I continued several studies related to teak wood through the history of family identity. The teak wood that has been processed into furniture, can become a medium for identity transformation from generation to generation. As a legacy and a reminder of identity and tradition.

A tale of the teak tree, from the forest to here.

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