Garden Amidst the Flame; Lacuna for Compassion, 2022
Singapore Biennale 2022 Commission
Garden Amidst the Flame; Lacuna for Compassion is a multimedia installation that expands on Natasha Tontey’s artistic research on Minahasan cosmology. This installation focuses on a ritual ceremony of the Minahasan people, an ethnic group native to Indonesia, known as Karai. In Karai rituals, Minahasan warriors don of an impenetrable armour that would make themselves invulnerable. Tontey attempts to reimagine the Karai, which is mostly understood as a hyper-masculine ritual with most of the participants being male, by relating it to care and vulnerability rather than aggression and masculinity.
Natasha Tontey (b. 1989) is an artist whose practice predominantly explores the fictional accounts, history and myths surrounding “manufactured fear.” In her practice, she observes possibilities of other futures that are projected not from the perspective of major and established institutions, but from the subtler personal points of view of outcasted entities and beings. She currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
- Garden Amidst the Flame; Lacuna for Compassion. 2022. Music album, listening room installation and performance. Dimensions variable.