Fields, Project Tobong, Helen Marshall & Risang Yuwono, 2012
Open 1 features 6 artists selected from Open Eye Gallery’s submission channels, each artist presenting a body of work which explore and interpret photographic portraiture from a global perspective. We are delighted to have produced twelve Giclée Semi Matte prints mounted on to aluminium for Helen Marshall’s collaborative project with Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono.
The images on show are based on a research visit and partnership with the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining theatre troupes in Yogyakarta, Java. Ketoprak refers to musical drama, sometimes dialogue, monologue, singing or music. The Tobong is a temporary building with no walls, constructed from bamboo, that can be moved from place to place. It often is a stage, a group of dwellings and a place for the audience. Ketoprak Tobong today can no longer exist independently. Globalisation, technological development and modernisation has made it economically difficult. The Ketoprak are marginalised and disempowered by global progress, receiving less public attention as younger generations are increasingly unconcerned with traditional culture. These photos humorously document an art practice and way of living on the verge of disappearance.
Helen Marshall will be running a playful workshop on Monday 20th July at Open Eye Gallery. In this workshop, you will be working with the Mersey Morris Men to build a portfolio of photographs from the day! More information on the workshop, click here.
More information on the Open 1 exhibition, click here.
To visit Helen Marshall’s website, click here.