Artist Page — 2 Sep 2020
In the Presence of Absence, the bi-annual show of proposals for the museum collection, presents 23 artists (collectives). This artist page includes a text on the work and an artist contribution.
Chapter 6: Marni (2020) is an installation consisting of a soundscape, video, hanging sculptures, tables, and textiles, enclosed by golden walls. In this work, Allenda employs the fictional body of Marni to transform layers of narrations into spatial experience. The narrative itself complicates social history, architecture, and belief systems. The atmosphere and elements of the installation are a reflection of Marni's subconscious realm, and her perceptual conflict of having grown up in a belief system with deep, spiritual roots in nature and now spending her daily life inside a constructed Amsterdam School-style interior, one that gestures superficially to that mysticism and confronts her with elements – like wood – that have been ripped from their natural contexts.
In his artistic practice, Leonardiansyah Allenda (b. 1984) focuses on researching the perception of body and space. He is interested in how such notions interweave with fiction, and subjects such as social history. Allenda was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2016-2017). His work has been shown at the National Museum of Fine Art in Taichung, the Kathmandu Triennale, the 2015 Jakarta Biennale, and Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta.