The Artling Interviews Entang Wiharso on Art In The Donald Trump Era
“Your recent works consider the dichotomies of Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and Rhode Island, USA, between which you now split your time. Your works have always had a strong connection to Indonesian culture and history, how has living in the States changed your practice?
I don’t feel my art practice has changed as a result of living in the US. It is true, I have always had a strong connection with the culture and history of Indonesia. It is in my blood, so to speak, and I want to assert that in my art. But there is no need to act “Indonesian” in my artwork because this is already an integral part of my identity and therefore is expressed in the work. I want to have complete independence in my art, that’s what gives the spirit to the work…. “