14 Artists Criticize Conditions in Bali Through Artwork

DENPASAR

14 Balinese artists from the Galang Kangin group have showcased artwork portraying a sense of concern over current social conditions within the island community.

“Our three-dimensional display is in the Griya Santrian Gallery and is themed on the current social problems in Bali, such as the sale of agricultural land which is leading to increase in land conversion,” Made Supena, chairman of Galang Kangin, said here.

The artworks are on display at the gallery from October 20 till December 10, 2012.

He added that besides portraying their criticism of social conditions through their work, the artists wanted to break away from two-dimensional art and explore the space for imagination.

“In addition to current social conditions, we are also concerned about the condition of the environment in Bali which is deteriorating, as can be seen by the increasing amounts of garbage on the beaches,” he said.

I Made Gunawan, one of the artists, said that the three-dimensional artwork contained his message of concern over the rampant sale of productive land on the island.

“Increasing land sales have caused the agricultural production to decrease. Increasing numbers of rice fields in Bali are being sold and soon we will need to import rice from Thailand,” he said.

He hoped that the artwork would inspire all stakeholders, including policy makers to pay attention to current problems.

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