Banda Aceh, the Host of Art Exhibition 2018

The Serambi Seni Exhibition features 36 works of art. Thirty of them are works of artists from Aceh, such as Anni Kholilah, Idrus bin Harun, Qurbani Akbar, Rahmad Alfajrianur, Sabaruddin, Said Akram, Yusrizal Ibrahim, Zul MS, and others.

Banda Aceh was chosen as host of the Fine Art Exhibition 2018 by the Indonesian National Gallery. The exhibition with the theme “Serambi Seni” was held at the Aceh Cultural Park from September 25-30, 2018.

This event is collaboration works between the Indonesian National Gallery and the UPTD of the Aceh Arts and Culture Park, Aceh Culture and Tourism Office.

The event was officially opened by the Head of the Aceh Education Office, Syaridin, representing the Acting Governor of Aceh, Nova Iriansyah.

The Serambi Seni Exhibition features 36 works of art. Thirty of them are works of artists from Aceh, such as Anni Kholilah, Idrus bin Harun, Qurbani Akbar, Rahmad Alfajrianur, Sabaruddin, Said Akram, Yusrizal Ibrahim, Zul MS, and others.

Whereas the other 6 selected collections of the National Gallery of Indonesia (State Collection) by six famous artists such as A. D. Pirous, Amang Rahman Jubair, Samsudin Hardjakusumah, Lian Sahar, Ahmad Sadali, and Amri Yahya.

The head of the Indonesian National Gallery, Puspanto, said the development of Acehnese art was represented in this exhibition in a presentation of 36 works of art in painting and relief media. This exhibition was deliberately presented to raise and show the potential of Acehnese artists in the field of fine arts.

In addition to exhibiting a number of works of art, this event also held “Dialogue of Fine Arts” which was guided by three speakers, namely Suwarno Wisetrotomo (Curator of the Exhibition “Serambi Seni” and Curator of the National Gallery of Indonesia), Abzari Jafar (Assistant Curator of the Exhibition “Serambi Seni“), and Yusrizal Ibrahim (Institute of Indonesian Arts and Culture lecturer).

Abzari Jafar, one of the curators at the event, observed that Acehnese artists display works that are inseparable from Aceh’s local wisdom.

Whether we realized it or not, Acehnese artists through their work have shown Acehnese locality without having to use symbols of controversy in Acehnese society. “Serambi Seni” became a motivation “back to culture for a future”, “concluded Abzari.

Abzari added, the locality symbols chosen by Acehnese artists seemed to be a marker of Acehnese nationalism as a whole in terms of symbols of struggle, heroism, honour, nature, socio-culture with various schools of art and the media used.[]

Reporter : Munawar Hafizhi

Photographer : Mustawazir

Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya