Garden Amidst the Flame
Auto Italia presents Garden Amidst the Flame, a newly commissioned moving image work and the first UK solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Natasha Tontey. Garden Amidst the Flame continues Tontey’s ongoing research into the ancient knowledge, technologies and cosmology of the Minahasa, an Indigenous nation in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Drawing on her experience of the karai ceremony, which grants Minahasan warriors an armour of invincibility, the artist seeks to establish a queering approach towards gender, youth and ecology.
MASS was a project initiated during Auto Italia’s research residency at Cemeti in collaboration with British Council Indonesia. This presentation of new artwork serves both as exhibition and as a launch, announcing a collaboratively produced fanzine which will be published later in the year.