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b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia
single-channel video
25 minutes 56 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP

“The Dusk” is a short film set in an empty estate in the northern part of Sweden.  Architectural and personal isolation hang heavily throughout the film, which tangentially reflects upon Suryodarmo’s upbringing in a culture of silence. While silence is conventionally understood to be nothingness, empty or a void, “The Dusk” brings viewers through abstracted moments of silence and reveals their psychological pregnancy and the elements of trauma they could possess.

Recognizing the similarities between poetry and her performance works, Suryodarmo conceives of the movements in her performances as ‘poetical action.’ Both poets and artists bring sequences of words and actions together that provoke a multiplicity of interpretations on what is conveyed, as what they read or see is related to their unique positions. Working with actors trained with her poetical actions further transforms the subject. In this process, she continues to abstract the communication and allow her viewers to immerse their selves in the silence.

Related Exhibitions:
Aesthetics of Silence, Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 08.11, 2021 -10.07, 2021

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