A solo exhibition by Cinanti Astria Johansjah (KENI)

Curated by Grace Samboh

16 November – 10 December 2023

Go to sleep, Nina, oh, go to sleep Nina

If you don’t sleep, the mosquito will bite


If you don’t sleep, dreams will not come

Sleep so that the morning comes

Why dream? What’s the point of morning? Why do we have to sleep? Why do children have to be wooed to sleep in a melodious tone? How long should we sleep? Where do we sleep? Who do we sleep with? Is this allure to sleep a metaphor? For what, for whom?

Even in Bahasa Indonesia, the title of this exhibition can easily fool people. Is this an exhibition title about—or around—confrontation? Who is in conflict with whom? That is the use of “beradu” that we refer to in a sentence: Beradu di peraduan. Ber • radu, not ber • adu*1“Adu” means to contest, to collide. Indeed, almost no one uses the word “radu”. Those who enjoy reading literature may still recognize the word “peraduan”. Radu, according to the Big Dictionary of Bahasa Indonesia, means: no longer done; finished. While “meradukan” means to end or finish; and “peraduan” is a place to rest or sleep.


Pameran tanggal oleh Cinanti Astria Johansjah (KENI)/Solo exhibition of Cinanti Astria Johansjah (KENI)
Dengan kurator Grace Samboh/Curated by Grace Samboh
16 November – 10 December 2023

Klik di sini untuk mengunduh pengantar pameran dalam Bahasa Indonesia/Click here to download the exhibition introduction in English
Klik di sini untuk mengunduh panduan pameran/Click here to download exhibition guide


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