Unity #16, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas, 150 x 120 cm
About the artwork
Justitia is the goddess of justice and law. Often depicted wearing a blindfold which represents objectivity when meting out justice, Justitia is believed to be non-partial, fair and equal. In today’s world, justice plays a huge role in our everyday life. Socio-political lives are shaped around it and policies are created to protect the people from unfair conditions or discriminatory behavior. Using the recurring subjects in Vani’s works, people who wear different colored outfits are seen building and constructing the sculpture. This symbolize the different backgrounds we all come from in life. Despite the differences, it is important to work together and break free from the prejudice and fear in which differences bring.
About the artist
Born in 1981 in Semarang, Indonesia, artist Vani Hidayatur Rahman is currently based in Jogjakarta. He has shown his works in various group exhibitions including ArtJog 2013: Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta; Return to Home, International Union of Unified Ummah Cartoon Contest, Iran (2012); Manifesto, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2010). Vani has received a number of art awards including the Best Painting accolade at the 2012 Jakarta Art Awards and was a finalist at the 2008 Jakarta Art Awards.
Vani Hidayatur Rahman has made a name for himself with his distinctive and realistic style. With his highly complex paintings that are adorned with detailed embellishments, Vani imbues a strong concept and story into each piece and addresses pertinent political, social and environmental issues that span war to pollution. In his artwork entitled "Unity," Vani depicts a large ark - a motif that has been reiterated by other Indonesian painters such as Widayat and Amrus Natalya. However, Vani presents his own interpretation of the timber vessel by painting it in an unfinished stage of construction and glory - a group of workers on deck are still sawing, carrying wooden beams and measuring for dimensions. The flurry of activity is painted from a birds-eye view and aerial perspective, with the entire structure and frame visible - allowing the viewer to feel as if he or she is an omniscient being looking down from above.