Feb 2023

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Talks Tent, Roofdeck

A Conversation on ‘YUNIZAR: New Perspectives’

Jasdeep Sandhu and Carlos Quijon, Jr. | Moderated by Nicole Soriano


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A Conversation on ‘YUNIZAR: New Perspectives’

In conjunction with the special solo exhibition of Yunizar at Art Fair Philippines 2023, Gajah Gallery is hosting a conversation between Jasdeep Sandhu, Gajah’s founder and director; Carlos Quijon, Jr., art historian, critic, and curator; and Nicole Soriano, Gajah’s writer and researcher, to discuss the practice of renowned Indonesian artist, Yunizar.

The talk follows the launch of the major book ‘YUNIZAR: New Perspectives’ (2022), which features essays by renowned scholars: T.K. Sabapathy, Ahmad Mashadi, Aminudin T.H. Siregar, and Katherine Bruhn. The conversation will discuss critical themes and perspectives tackled in the book, such as the singularity of Yunizar’s work amidst the socio-political art that pervaded Indonesia in the late 1990s, Yunizar’s involvement with the pioneering art collective the Kelompok Seni Rupa Jendela (KSR Jendela), and his unexpected expansion to sculpture. The conversation will also touch on Yunizar’s broader relevance in Southeast Asia, and in particular, the Philippines.

About the Speaker/s
JASDEEP SANDHU founded Gajah Gallery in 1996. Dedicated to promoting regional artists and highlighting their international relevance, the gallery has reinvigorated academic contributions to Southeast Asian art history. Over the years, it has supported the production of extensive printed publications on seminal Indonesian artists and collectives, and held landmark shows such as ‘5th Passage: In Search of Lost Time’; ‘Ashley Bickerton: Heresy or Codswallop’; and ‘Semsar Siahaan: Art, Liberation’. The gallery has collaborated with national institutions such as the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum. In 2008, Sandhu was awarded the Patron of Heritage Award by Singapore’s National Heritage Board.


CARLOS QUIJON, JR. is an art historian, critic, and curator based in Manila. He was a fellow of the research platform Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia (MAHASSA), convened by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories project. Quijon writes exhibition reviews for Artforum (NY) and CNN Philippines. He curated ‘Courses of Action’ (Para Site and Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, 2019); co-curated ‘Minor Infelicities’ (Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul, 2020); ‘A Global South Cosmology of Capitalism’ (El Espacio 23, Miami, 2022); ‘Synthetic Condition’ (UP Vargas Museum, Manila, 2022); and ‘To A Faraway Friend’ (ASEAN Cultural House, Busan, 2022).


NICOLE SORIANO is a writer focused on the intersections between art, gender, and faith. She currently writes and researches for Gajah Gallery, where one of her major projects involved writing the biography of artist I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih. Her work has appeared in Plural Art Magazine, Art & Market, CNN Philippines, and the Philippine Star, among others. In 2022, she won the Ateneo Art Awards - Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism. She received her BFA in Art Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is based in Manila, Philippines

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