Unbearable Lightness

Group Exhibition
ROH Projects
Jl. Surabaya No.66, Gondangdia, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
31/01/2024 - 25/02/2024

Unbearable Lightness

An exhibition that concentrates on how artists throughout the region have been applying paper as medium as a means to express their respective practices. The title refers to Milan Kundera’s eponymous “Unbearable Lightness of Being”, in which the title itself encapsulates existential philosophical ideas in the book, that the notion of human existence is inherently “light”, lacking inherent meaning or purpose. Kundera contrasts this view, alternatively, with the notion of “heaviness”, where existence contains significant consequences as well as burdens of responsibility. The exhibition considers as metaphor the way in which the relative lightness, or heaviness, of paper has been manifested in the works of the artists in this show—both in terms of its fundamental materiality, as well as its conceptual or narrative underpinnings—through varied approaches pertaining to the medium.
How do artists add weight to / through something inherently so light?