Auto Italia presents Garden Amidst the Flame, a newly commissioned moving image work by Indonesian artist Natasha Tontey, opening on 15 September 2022, 6–8pm.
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. In this most recent work, Tontey emphasises core Minahasan cultural beliefs in the all-encompassing equilibrium between the human and non-human. 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.
Garden Amidst the Flame is commissioned by Auto Italia, London in partnership with La Becque, Tour-de-Peilz, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague and Shedhalle, Zurich.
The exhibition has been made possible by Headline Exhibition Supporters Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, with additional support from the Governance of North Sulawesi, Bank SulutGo, and the Department of Tourism and Culture of North Sulawesi.