MEMEDI SAWAH (23-30 March 2019) – An Art Exhibition by Hari Budiono



The artist Hari Budiono will exhibit a selection of his latest works in an exhibition entitled “Memedi Sawah” at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta on March 23-30 2019. A total of 10 paintings and an installation are presented and each tries to respond to the current situation in the country.

Consider, for example, an installation work titled “Don’t Be Afraid of Memedi Sawah”, consisting of 115 scarecrows who hold a face painting of a laughing figure and a song from Mother Earth. This is interpreted as resistance to terror carried out by the rice field mediators.

More specifically, Hari Budiono added that Memedi Sawah was interpreted as a symbol of terror in the contemporary conditions of this country. Memedi or scarecrow initially functioned as a barrier to pest animals that disrupted plants. But, through this exhibition Hari Budiono wants to present the parable that now it is precisely the guard who is a bully in an environment. “Memedi Sawah makes us suspicious of each other, hates each other, does not respect each other, always feels victorious and is right on its own, so we become intolerant humans,” he said

Meanwhile, the art observer who is also the Bentara Budaya Curator, Efix Mulyadi, said that Budiono’s Day’s creative steps may be interpreted as an effort to complicate life together, which is constantly threatened by present-day fields that have emerged from all directions. On the other hand, 10 of his paintings also reflected the artist’s social criticism of the situation that developed in the community.

Meanwhile, the art observer who is also the Bentara Budaya Curator, GP Sindhunata, added that Memedi Sawah is no longer scary, they have laughed with Indonesian human laughter, from the president to ordinary people. Indeed, social fear can only be defeated by laughing together. Fear is divisive, while laughter unites.

Hari Budiono graduated from the “ASRI” Yogyakarta College of Fine Arts in 1985. When in 1982 Jakob Oetama founded Bentara Budaya in Yogyakarta, with Sindhunata, GM Sudarta, JB Kristanto, Hajar Satoto, and Ardus M Sawega, he became the first batch of executors. Once a Journalist of Pictorial Magazine Jakarta-Jakarta (1986 – 1989 and 1993 – 1994), and became Photo Editor of Yogyakarta Bernas Daily (1990-1993). He also wrote features and cultural coverage for the Citra Tabloid media, Intisari Magazine, The Jakarta Post, and Kompas Daily. Now he is the curator of Bentara Budaya, a cultural institution owned by Kompas Gramedia.

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23 March 2019 at 7.30 PM.

24-30 March 2019.

10 A.M – 9 P.M.

Opening ceremony




Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta.



There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop/shelter of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Gramedia halte (halte Gramedia ), and then take a walk to the Bentara Budaya building. Ask to the operator if you still confused.
Operator will glad to give information. :-)

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Gramedia shelter/halte
Then, please take a walk to ‘Bentara Budaya’ building
From Tugu Railway Station :
No Route available to this place. Just take a walk or use taxi motor
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 4B – Stop in Gramedia shelter/halte
Then, please take a walk to ‘Bentara Budaya’ building
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2B – Stop in Gramedia shelter/halte
Then, please take a walk to ‘Bentara Budaya’ building

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

**) You can take a scooter  taxi such as Grab-bike or Go-jek for easy and reasonable price. But, the driver may not be able speak English and you may say that he/she as crazy driver because you don’t get use with our traffic.

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