Dadang Christanto: Once Upon a Time - Art Collector

Dadang Christanto, Warigagung, 2013. Acrylic on Belgian linen, 115x134cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Born in Central Java in 1957, Dadang Christanto has spent his career honouring the countless victims of political violence and crimes against humanity. His work expresses the suffering of victims and lays bare the anguish and grief that is endured in silence by those left behind. The sincerity and rawness of emotion is due in part to the circumstances of his own father’s disappearance, yet he continues to produce art which pleads for compassion regardless of differing faiths and political beliefs. For more than 20 years he has made powerful political statements that are deeply connected to the suffering, violence, death and torture of the thousands of people around the world.

Exhibition opens: 6pm Friday 13 June 2014
Exhibition closes: 19 July 2014
Location: Gallerysmith, 170-174 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne

Contact: 03 9329 1860

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