Edouard Malingue Project Space, London,
January - February 2020
Travelling from the corners of East Java to a 19th century church in Islington, ‘Madakaripura’ was the first solo presentation in London of the Indonesian collective Tromarama (est. 2006, Bandung). Marking the last exhibition in the gallery’s temporary project space, Tromarama transported us to a historical waterfall, which is believed to be the last place where Gajah Mada (c. 1290 – c. 1364) – a central figure in Indonesian culture who used to be a Mahapatih or Prime Minister in the Majapahit empire – meditated before he reached Moksa, a term for various forms of emancipation and enlightenment.
Exhibition was accompanied by a public programme running throughout the exhibition including and in conversation with Mark Rappolt (Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview) and Melanie Pocock (Curator, IKON); talk on art, ecology and community with Dr. Cleo Roberts (Writer AAP, Frieze etc.), Keshia Hannam (Founder, Camel Assembly and Dr. Rafael Schacter (Senior Teaching Fellow in Anthropology and Material Culture, UCL); viola concert with internationally-acclaimed soloist Stephen Upshaw.
Tromarama, ‘Madakaripura’, 2020, images courtesy Edouard Malingue Gallery