JAGAT MAWUT // 2 October - 4 November 2017 // Solo exhibition
Observing Imam Sucahyo's paintings, one would enter a ravaged world where fragmented reality is being presented in an irregular manner. Some part reflects the expressive nature from an artistic conscience, but other was the result from the outer limits of reason. There are several factors that influence his practices, one of them is the 14 years of living as a drug user. This has given him a severe psychosis impact, something that is beyond his will. Hallucinations and paranoia blurred the line of his consciousness including the works he have created thus often decapitated or even deviated from what the norm would commonly understand. The story of his life that do not always follow a straight path often makes people find a resemblance between his work and the peculiar style of art brut which also known as raw art or outsider art in some places. Nonetheless, Imam does not really bother about what or how people tend to interpret his works.
Many narrations that could be found in Imam's works, also represents the complex struggle of the lower-class society in different aspects - economic, spatial, and gender. However, rather than separating them, Imam prefers to present it simultaneously. Its narration often overlaps and coincides between one and another. Imam called this state as ‘mawut' - meaning ravage - a picture of the chaotic state. Just like the actual reality experienced by the lower class, making his works a mosaic of the often-marginalized people’s lives. Cata Odata exhibits 72 artworks of Imam Sucahyo which were created between 2014-2017 and featuring programs such as preview, scene-to-scene, film screening, and discussion as a series of events.
Imam Sucahyo (1978) is a self-taught artist who was born and grew in Tuban, East Java, Indonesia. His first introduction to the art world was at early 2000s. Since then he has been involved in group exhibition within Tuban, Surabaya, and Lampung. In 2014–2016, his works were exhibited in group exhibitions at Cata Odata (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia), Art Expo Malaysia (represented by Cata Odata), Gallery Le Lieux 37 – a collaboration with Gallery Artmenparis (France), Gallery L’Echarpe (France), Espace Eqart Gallery (France), Paris Outsider Art Fair (France), The 6th Biennale Art Exhibition at Museum Éphémère (France), and Tuban Art Festival (Tuban, East Java, Indonesia). His first solo exhibition was held in 2015 at Bloo Art Space (Padangbai, Bali). This year, apart from having his solo exhibition in Cata Odata, his works could also be found in Jatim Biennale (Surabaya, East Java).