Indonesian artist Anggun Priambodo uses censored graffiti as a canvas
Anggun Priambodo is the filmmaker and visual artist responsible for ‘Monster Culapo’, simple illustrations that utilise the blocky shapes left by the government’s Waste Management Agency after censoring graffiti.
Anggun often uses humour in his personal body of work to explore the representation of chaos in Jakarta. He is characteristic of a generation of artists growing up through the reformasi era, who are using art as a form of protest after decades of creative repression until 1998.
Today, participation in political discourse is higher than ever in Indonesia, and challenges to authority are much more accepted. And while certain topics are still off limits, censorship has been dramatically reduced.
Anggun’s work has been displayed at the state owned National Gallery, a symbol of this increased openness.