Survivor transcends tragedy

Volunteers will help present Survivor: Dadang Christanto.
Volunteers will help present Survivor: Dadang Christanto.

IN 2008 an environmental disaster, allegedly caused by a mining company's unsafe drilling, engulfed 11 villages in East Java with boiling volcanic mud. Many died in the horrific aftermath.

In response, contemporary Indonesian-Australian artist Dadang Christanto has developed a major art project.

This Friday, July 20, he launches Survivor: Dadang Christanto at the Lismore Regional Gallery, with the assistance of 20 volunteers.

Symbolically covered in mud and holding portraits of faces lost in the disaster, their silent vigil will evoke awareness of political and cultural issues in Indonesia.

The performance is followed by a visual exhibition memorialising the catastrophe and its ongoing consequences.

Dadang will conduct interactive workshops throughout the exhibition.

The performance runs from 2pm till 4pm and the exhibition runs until August 26.

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