Yani Kartini
       
     
Upacara
       
     
Balinese dancer
       
     
Mahakam
       
     
Mahakam
       
     
Wae Rebo
       
     
BERDOA
       
     
Yani Kartini
       
     
Yani Kartini

92x130cm

Bali, April 2015. Acrylic. Canvas

A combination of the name of two great Indonesian women makes up the title of this painting. 

Raden Ajeng Kartini 1879 - 1904 was an Indonesian heroine, pioneer in the area of the protection of woman rights in her country. 

Yani is a young Indonesian woman, who I met while living there. A woman without being an idol, but a symbolization of the young courageous people, who is showing the power for the change of the future. 

Her way of being and her strong values are also illustrating the power of woman in Indonesia and the world. 

Upacara
       
     
Upacara

79x115 cm

At the first time you are taking part of a Hinduism ceremony your senses are amazed.

The colours of temples, the clothes and flowers are fascinating your eyes.

The sound of the Gamelan instrument and the silent of the crowd are overwhelming.

The fragrances of the incense and the flowers from the offers are unforgettable. It seems like a perfect combination, which bring people closer to their gods.

Although when you deepen in the society, that idealist image of Bali that they picture and try to preserve, lose a lot of power.

A hard history kills the magic of that sensorial perfection.

Religion is one more tool to make a way of controlling lives.

A non-common combination of fear and smiles you can find in Bali.

Balinese dancer
       
     
Balinese dancer

46x64 cm

Indonesia is a beautiful country. Beauty is the key feature to promote it, beauty covers inequality, beauty covers cultural and religious restrictions, beauty and smiles covers terrible secrets.

The role of this Balinese dancer is smiling, controlling her expression as wearing a mask.

She represents the highest symbol of beauty and purity.

Mahakam
       
     
Mahakam

Collage. Wood  

70x102cm 2015

El siguiente collage esta inspirado en poblados ubicados a las orillas del río Mahakam, en la isla de Kalimantan, Indonesia. Se trata de lugares que ni siquiera aparecen en el mapa. Para llegar a ellos es necesario que un pescador local nos acompañe con su lancha. Solo ellos saben como moverse entre las marisma para llegar a estos remotos poblados que habitan sobre las aguas. Aquí la presencia de un extranjero es algo insólito.

La precariedad de las estructuras contrasta con la grandiosidad de las mezquitas que coronan el paisaje. 

    

Mahakam
       
     
Mahakam

70x102

Wae Rebo
       
     
Wae Rebo

Collage 35x35cm

December 2015, Wae Rebo (Flores Island, Indonesia)

Wae Rebo is an old Manggaraian village located between majestic mountains and vulcanos in the interior of this Indonesian island. There, life keeps the flavor of a forgotten time, when humans were able to clearly understand the importance of respecting nature.

"Wae Rebo es un pequeño y remoto poblado Manggaraian ubicado entre montañas en el interior de la isla de Flores. El paisaje que lo rodeada es sobrecogedor. A unos 1100 metros de altitud, enormes formaciones volcánicas rodean esta pequeña planicie sobre la que se asienta Wae Rebo.

 Se dice que sus gentes amables son la decimonovena generación de quienes fundaron este pobladohace unos 1000 años.

Llegar a Wae Rebo es todo un reto, desde la población más cercana hay que recorrer unas 4 horas de carreteras imposibles que culminan con una subida a pie de la ladera de la montaña a través de la selva."

BERDOA
       
     
BERDOA

Collage

36 x 20 cm    

Ceremony in Munggu (Bali, Indonesia) 

December 2015.