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Gapura Buwana

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Gapura Buwana

Gegerboyo‘s Solo Exhibition

Curator :

Manshur Zikri

April 9th – May 7th 2021

Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society

Teks Pengantar

Gapura Buwana exhibits Gegerboyo’s visual artworks, most of which are drawn on the walls of the gallery. The rest of them are printed and drawn on transparent fabrics that are hung in different positions at a certain distance from the wall. In order to encourage new interpretations of Gegerboyo’s artistic practice, this exhibition highlights their method, which, according to them, is carried out in a “non-systemic” way. This refers to organically drawing, unrestrained by any rigid criterion in terms of visual composition or narrative systems. 

Gapura Buwana is a formal development of Gegerboyo’s previous works. The idea stemmed from their interpretation of a gate (‘gapura’): a main entrance that both limits and connects two different zones. It is a common thread that connects the focus of its each member. As individual artists, each member dissects a range of issues such as power, historical sites, local myths, daily routine, women and domestication by exploring potential forms and techniques that represent the concept of “intermediary”.

Emphasizing the act of responding to each member’s drawings, Gegerboyo interprets an approach inspired by tonil, a traditional grassroot theatre (which relies heavily on narrative improvisation outside the script), but their visual reveals an anti-narrative experiment: a creation of a narrative landscape that refuses a chronological plot, breaking the sequential limits of the pictures, and allowing an articulation in which various visual fragments interrupt each other; evoking a wilder interpretation in the minds of the spectator. However, Gapura Buwana is constructed as a trace of praxis that belongs to Gegerboyo’s attempt to criticize the social behavior of society through a combination of visual idioms from Javenese culture and actual situation of contemporary urban. Yet, it is as if their experiment of combining images on the wall and on the transparent fabrics invites us to enjoy their work through transforming our modes of perception from merely looking at the images on a flat surface to experiencing them in volumes and spatial layers.

Manshur Zikri


Friday, April 9th 2021 | 6:30 – 8 pm

*Limited to 35 person (registration via Whatsapp)

Daily Visit

April 10th – May 7th 2021

Tuesday – Saturday | 11 am – 4:30 pm

4 sessions per day (except April 16th, 20th and 22nd 2021 only 2 sessions)

*Closed on May 1st, 2021.
*Limited to 8 person per session via registration.

Sharing Session

*Limited to 5 person per session via registration
*Registration for sharing session will open Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Sharing Session 01 – Artist Talk: Gegerboyo

April 16th, 2021, 3 – 5 pm

– Speakers: Vendy Methodos, Enka Komariah, Dian Suci Rahmawati, Ipeh Nur, and Prihatmoko Moki.
– Moderator: Agnesia Linda Mayasari (Director of Cemeti).

Sharing Session 02 – “Possibilities of the Contextualization of Image”

April 20th, 2021, 3 – 5 pm

– Speakers: Agung Kurniawan (artist), Fajar Wijanarko (archivist dan curator; Museum Sonobudoyo), and Taufiq Nur Rachman (writer and researcher).
– Moderator: Gunawan Maryanto (litterateur; Teater Garasi).

Sharing Session 03 – “Expanded Image: Reading the Social Value of Images”

April 22nd, 2021, 3 – 5 pm

– Speaker: Samuel Indratma (artist), Syafiatudina (curator; KUNCI Study Forum & Collective), and Ladija Triana D. (curator; Kantin Kurasi)
– Moderator: Manshur Zikri (Curator of Cemeti).

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Panduan Kunjungan

Please read carefully our health protocols before registering a visit.


Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society will reopen on 9 April – 7 May 2021 for Gegerboyo’s Solo Exhibition: GAPURA BUWANA. The safety and well-being of our visitors, artists, partners, and Cemeti team is our highest priority. Cemeti will be following the local health authorities’ guidelines to minimize the effects of this Covid-19 pandemic. The following are health and safety measures we have taken and put in place for our Cemeti team, artists, partners, and visitors.

We want to let you know that Cemeti team who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 are required to remain at home and must take a Rapid or PCR/Swab test. Those who have traveled to other cities will be required to self isolate and go through a Rapid /Swab test to ensure no infection before returning to work.


Tuesday – Saturday

11 am – 4:30 pm

Registration is required for entry, and all visitors must diligently adhere to health precautions. Please register at least 1 day in advance.


To manage the number of visitors inside the gallery, we have divided the time of visit into 4 sessions scheduled every open day, with access limited to 8 persons at a time as bellow:

11 am – 12am | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | 2 pm – 3 pm | 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 

Date to Visit :

Sat, Apr 10th 2021

Tue, Apr 13rd 2021

Wed, Apr 14th 2021

Thu, Apr 15th 2021

Fri, Apr 16th 2021

Sat, Apr 17th 2021

Tue, Apr 20th 2021

Wed, Apr 21st 2021

Thu, Apr 22nd 2021

Fri, Apr 23rd 2021

Sat, Apr 24th 2021

Tue, Apr 27th 2021

Wed, Apr 28th 2021

Thu, Apr 29th 2021

Fri, Apr 30th 2021

Tue, May 4th 2021

Wed, May 5th 2021

Thu, May 6th 2021

Fri, May 7th 2021


If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please postpone your visit until you are feeling better or until you are symptom-free.


  • Paking Area: Motorbike at Cemeti’s parking area, Car at the roadside around Cemeti. 
  • Cemeti’s front door will remain closed. The entrance will be on the left side of a building.

Safety Features

  • Please follow directions from the Cemeti team. 
  • Temperature checks with a forehead scanner prior to entering the building. If you receive a reading of 100.4 °F / 38 °C or higher, we will regrettably have to deny entry into the Gallery to avoid risk of transmission. 
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer before entering the gallery. A handwashing station and hand sanitizer are available at entrances.
  • Face coverings are required for all visitors over the age of two, and must be worn for the duration of your visit.
  • Maintain physical distancing. Keep at least six feet from others. 
  • We have significantly increased the frequency and extent of cleaning at the gallery. All surfaces, handles, and other areas that may be touched by visitors and staff are cleaned daily during exhibitions.
  • No direct physical contact with the artworks to prevent transmission of the COVID-19.


All visitor’s ID/Passport will be stored securely for no less than 1 month after the exhibition closes and in accordance with the requirements of Yogyakarta Governor Regulation No.77 of 2020. ID/Passport that is not required anymore will be disposed of securely.

Please click the blue button below to register:

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Esai Pameran


Gazing into Gapura Buwana: An Artistic Reflection on Gegerboyo’s Formal Experiment

The “non-systemic” drawing workflow that has been implemented by Gegerboyo is, in fact, an attempt to go beyond the boundaries of the consecutive system. As we can see in this exhibition, titled Gapura Buwana, the visual tsunami on Gegerboyo’s walls is fragmental instead of sequential—the fragments of the images interrupt one another, resulting in a visual solidity.

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Biografi Seniman

Artist’s Biography

Gegerboyo is a Yogyakarta-based artist collective founded in June 2017, currently consisting of five visual artists: Vendy Methodos, Enka Komariah, Dian Suci Rahmawati, Ipeh Nur, and Prihatmoko Moki. With excellent drawing skills from each of the members, their works often criticize and reflect actual social and political phenomena by quoting elements of the people’s daily lives. Their experiments are not limited to narrative construction and figurative forms, but they also attempt to absorb traditional symbolic attributes to be rearticulated according to the attitude, behavior, or gestures of the people of the contemporary social kinship. 

Gegerboyo’s expressions are inspired by Javanese culture and traditions, and contemporary urban space. Their exploration of visual language consists of deviantly composed representational elements hinting at identity politics and power relations, including the conflict between the traditional and the modern. They often compose supranatural figures in a ‘spectral’ setting or landscape in an unsettling arrangement. This is an interesting linguistic approach to respond to the social and political issues that became the narrative background of their drawings.

Gegerboyo has been involved in various national and international art projects, including Art Jakarta Virtual (2020, presented by a collaboration between Baik + Khneysser and Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society); Goro-goro Gegerboyo, in “Karya Normal Baru”, Biennale Jogja (2020); “International Mural By Mail”, Elisabeth Jones Art Center (2020); Biennale Jogja XV: “Do We Live in The Same Playground?” (2019); Tan Hana Dharma Mangrwa, REDBASE, Yogyakarta (2019); and Ngabuburit Mural Pancasila, Stadion Kridosono Kotabaru, Yogyakarta (2017).

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Cemeti – Institut untuk Seni dan Masyarakat (sebelumnya ‘Galeri Cemeti’, kemudian ‘Rumah Seni Cemeti’) adalah platform tertua seni kontemporer di Indonesia, didirikan di Yogyakarta tahun 1988 oleh Mella Jaarsma dan Nindityo Adipurnomo. Cemeti menawarkan platform bagi seniman dan praktisi kebudayaan untuk mengembangkan, menyajikan, dan mempraktikkan aktivitas mereka lewat kolaborasi bersama kurator, peneliti, aktivis, penulis dan performer, serta komunitas lokal di Yogyakarta.


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