Patricia Piccinini: CARE

Patricia Piccinini: care
Patricia Piccinini The Bond (2016)

Patricia Piccinini: CARE
25th May, 2024 – 6th October, 2024
Museum MACAN
AKR Tower Level M
Jalan Panjang No. 5 Kebon Jeruk
Jakarta Barat 11530, Indonesia

Museum MACAN announces the upcoming solo exhibition of globally recognized Australian artist Patricia Piccinini for the first time in Indonesia, which will open to the public on 25 May 2024. Titled CARE, the exhibition will be curated by Tobias Berger. As Piccinini’s large-scale survey exhibition, CARE will present over forty life-size sculptures, three large video installations, along with Celestial Field (2021), a spectacular installation of thousands of flowers.

Patricia Piccinini: CARE
Patricia Piccinini (b. Sierra Leone, 1965).
Kindred (2018). Silicone, fibreglass, hair. 103
x 95 x 128 cm. Courtesy of the artist and
Ames Yavuz Singapore. © Patricia Piccinini.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Born in Sierra Leone in 1965, Patricia Piccinini began her career by studying anatomy, ancient specimens, and pathology in medical museums, which later became the foundation for developing her artworks. Piccinini incorporates synthetic materials, such as silicone, fiberglass, and ABS plastic, with organic materials including hair and taxidermy animals to her sculptures, resulting in surreal, imaginary creatures.

Characterized by her hyper-realistic sculptures of natural and mechanical chimeras, Patricia Piccinini’s artistic practice examines new conceptions of corporeality, sexuality, and kinship. Her works reflect on the increasingly nebulous boundaries between the artificial and the natural; questioning our understanding of set relationships with the surrounding world and suggesting a future where humanity and other creatures might coexist not just in the same spaces but potentially in the same bodily form.

Patricia Piccinini: care
Patricia Piccinini The Bond (2016)

Venus Lau, Director of Museum MACAN, said, “We are proud to present CARE, the first major solo exhibition by Patricia Piccinini in Indonesia. As a globally recognized artist, Piccinini is known for her visions that can traverse critical issues in our contemporary society. We are also very pleased to have Tobias Berger as the curator for the project.

As the title suggests, CARE is an exhibition addressing the universal feelings related to
connection and intimacy which resonate with audiences from anywhere including Indonesia. Current global issues about ecology and its relations with biodiversity and biotechnology are also key ideas in this exhibition. Through this exhibition, we invite visitors to see the hybridity of imaginary life forms, touching on the ongoing issues of endangered species in Indonesia. The exhibition will also be imbued with other local contexts which will be revealed soon.”

Tobias Berger, the Curator, said, “CARE at MACAN is an immersive visual art experience in various chapters, a walk through the imaginative spaces, environments, and proposals of one of today’s most thought-animating artists.”

Patricia Piccinini: CARE
Patricia Piccinini
Image courtesy of Museum MACAN

Patricia Piccinini, said, “It has been a dream of mine to work with Museum MACAN, so I am really excited that we can bring this wonderful exhibition to Jakarta. This is my first major exhibition in the region and MACAN is a beautiful space with a diverse audience, so it is the perfect place for it. I think that CARE is a great opportunity to connect with that audience over issues that affect us all, from the environment to the nature of contemporary urban life. I think the intensity of Jakarta connects with the intensity of the work in an interesting way.”

Patricia Piccinini: CARE opens on the 25th of May, 2024 until the 6th of October, 2024 at Museum MACAN

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