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Vani Hidayatur Rahman
Defence, 2014

Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 120cm


One of a fort’s greatest functions is to shelter and serve as defence from an enemey’s attack. In the olden days, cannons were frequently used to deter the onslaught of enemies. For each battle fought, the conclusion was always whether one would win or lose, live or die. Blood and tears will be shed and war was, and still is, a futile effort. In this piece, Vani is attracted to the symbolism of the fountain pen which represents intellect. An intellect is always calm and stoic when receiving “attacks” from outsiders; the ability to remain composed and collected in any situation is a harnessed skill that requires discipline and motivation. This allows the individual to not focus on wins or losses and right or wrong. Instead, one focuses on the bigger picture and the idea of a better tomorrow and improved society takes centerstage.

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  • +Artist Bio

    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. 
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  • +Exhibitions


    Mandiri Bank Art Awards Competition, National Gallery, Jakarta

    Next Pics – The Series, Albert Gallery, Jakarta Tanda Mata X, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta
    Di Antara/In Between, Kompetisi Karya Trimatra Nasional, Galeri Salihara, Jakarta
    Vox Populi, Vox Dei /Photography/Exposure Magazine, 69th Edition
    WalkingHomeAndKillingPain#2 : Page Not Found
    , Photography Exibition,Bardiman CoffeeShop, Yogyakarta
    GasPol RemPol
    , Lapak 36 Art Space, Yogyakarta

    UOB Painting of The Year 2013, Silver Award, UOB Plaza, Jakarta
    Maritime Culture / ART JOG 13, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta
    Tafsir Mimpi / kel.Batu Asah, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
    Meta-Amuk, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta

    Ideal World (Interpreting a Perfect Life)/Jakarta Art Award, North Art Space, Jakarta
    Indonesia Tanpa Diskriminasi, Pisa Cafe&Gallery, Jakarta
    Return to Home, International Union of Unified Ummah Cartoon Contest 2012, Iran
    Weekly Cartoon Contest/Week 2&3,

    Indonesian Art Now: The Strategies of Being / ART JOG 10, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
    Percakapan Masa / Pameran Besar Manifesto, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta

    Spacing Contemporary/JAF # 2,Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
    How Art Lives/ FKY 21, Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta
    Menilik Akar, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta

    Golden Box # 2, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
    Art Project # 1/Pra Biennale Solo, Taman Budaya Surakarta
    Warna-warna Jakarta/ Jakarta
    Art Award, North Art Space, Jakarta
    Jogja Art Fair # / FKY 20, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta

    Man + Space, Dahara Gallery Semarang
    Domestic Art Object, Jogja Gallery Yogyakarta
    Rupa-Rupa Sculpture, Rumah Budaya Tembi Yogyakarta

    Double Taste reFresh the Harmony, Sika Gallery Bali
    Hero Off the Day, Benteng Vredeburg Yogyakarta
    Pameran PEKSIMINAS VIII, Makasar
    Pameran Selekda PEKSIMINAS VIII DIY, Sanata Darma Yogyakarta
    Parallel Art Show, SKY biz Café, Bandung.
    Art for Jogja, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
    Jawa dalam Imajinasi, Rumah Budaya Tembi Yogyakarta
    K_art_ini,  Galeri Universitas Negeri Jakarta 
    Vaningalanifun Segawon,Galeri Biasa Yogyakarta

    Kotakatikotakita/ FKY 17, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
    Heritage, Faith & Peace, Borobudur Magelang
    Mal Praktik, Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta

    Environmental Art, Dies Natalis Sasenitala, Bebeng,Yogyakarta
    Art for Love, Pondok Tingal, Magelang
    In Collaboration, Java Café, Yogyakarta

    Reply / FKY 15, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta
    Saji Seni, UMP Purworejo

    One Tone Part One, PDM Kota Yogyakarta 
    Festival Seni & Budaya, PDM Kota Yogyakarta
    Kel. Pertelon, Pasar NgasemYogyakarta


    Finalis Kompetisi, Karya Trimatra Nasional

    Silver Award, Established Artist, UOB Painting of the Year 2013

    Best Painting “International Painting Competition” Jakarta Art Award
    10 Besar Pertama Lomba Lukis Puisi Esai Denny JA ”Indonesia Tanpa Diskriminasi”

    Finalis Jakarta Art Award

    10 Besar Selekda Peksiminas VIII DIY

    Runner-Up Java Caligraphic DIY


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