Wimo Ambala Bayang

CV
WIMO AMBALA BAYANG
Born October 14, 1976, Magelang, Indonesia
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

EDUCATION
1995-1996
Interior Design, Modern School of Design Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1996-2006
Photography Department, Indonesian Institute of Art Yogyakarta, Indonesia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / ART PROJECTS
2019
“The Knowing Eye”, Condo Shanghai 2019, Mao Space, Shanghai
2012
“You See Half, You Get Half”, Ark Gallerie, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013
“THIS IS NOT THAT”, Ruang Mes 56, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2014
“Perisai Putih Yang Belum Sudah”, BKdP, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2012
“Ka’bah”, Ark Gallerie, Art Dubai | Marker, Dubai
2011
“I Shot!”, Art Depts, Jakarta, Indonesia

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIONS / ART PROJECTS
2019
“Art Jakarta”, Jakarta, Indonesia
“CONCEPT, CONTEXT, CONTESTATION”, Contemporary Art from Myanmar and Southeast Asia Goethe Institut Yangon, Myanmar
2018
“The Futur of History”, Biennale Jateng#2, Semarang, Indonesia
“Memory of the Unseen”, A+, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“What is Left?”, Apartment project interventions, and public presentation at Tranzit, Bucharest Romania
“Local Genius”, Pekan Seni Media, GOLNI, Palu, Indonesia
“Indonesia Now”, A celebration of progression and preservation in Indonesian culture, Potato Head, Bali, Indonesia
“Future of History”, Biennale Jawa Tengah #2, Oudetrap, Semarang Indonesia
2017
“Identity Crisis: Reflection on Public and Private Life in Contemporary Javanese Photography”, Herbert F. “Johnson Museum of Art”, Cornell University, United State of America
“Resipro(vo)kasi”, Natioanal Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Greetings From Indonesia
“PHOTOMUTAGENESIS”, Asian Culture Station, Chiang Mai, Thailand
“Greetings From Indonesia”, Jimei X Arles Photography Festival, Xiamen, China

AWARDS
1998
The Best Art Photography, Indonesia Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta
1997
The Best Black and White Photo Print, Media Faculty, Indonesia Institute of Art Yogyakarta
ARTWORK
“If you can travel to the past, that past becomes your future, and your former present becomes your past, which cannot be changed by your new future.” (Dr. Bruce Banner)

What’s interesting about Dr. Bruce Banner’s (Hulk) theory about time travel in the fictional film The Avenger-Endgame (59:26') is that the dimensions of parallel time exist and are linear but only apply to subjects who travel in time. In other words, the past time dimension exists and is already taking place at the same time as the present time dimension of the subject who travels time.

At the end of the film, he instructs the Captain of America to be careful when returning the magic stones that have such tremendous power because if they get to be owned/controlled by evil interests, it will lead us to a nasty alternate reality.

The nature of the photographic medium, which is not in accordance with the time regime that continues to move forward and to be linear, refuses to move, always showing what is past but at the same time is always within the viewer’s present. It is one of the epistemic forces of photography.

These two photos are two works from his latest project entitled The Knowing Eye (2019). The works in this series are the result of digital processing originated from Wimo’s snapshot archive from 2011 to 2019. He plays with it in idiosyncratic ways, questioning, challenging, resisting it, and seeing wider possibilities by oscillating between the imagination and the photographic medium’s epistemic forces, taking a circular route by showing illusions to better understand our reality in recent years.
Censorship?
100 x 140 cm | Archival print on photo paper, matte laminated, mounted on aluminium | 2018


Melempar Caping Membuat Segitiga | Triangle with Caping (Homage to Baldessari)
100 x 140 cm | Archival print on photo paper, matte laminated, mounted on aluminium | 2018