Nindityo Adipurnomo

The shape represents the introversion of the Javanese — it is tied and hidden on the backside of the head.

—  Nindityo Adipunomo's quote about the significance of 'konde' (a Javanese female hairpiece) in his works, by Jane Perlez on New York Times. 2003.

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Cemeti Art House with Nindityo's piece on the center, hung. Image from Asia-Europe Foundation.

Nindityo, along with his partner and fellow artist Mella Jaarsma, co-founded one of the most important galleries in Indonesia - Cemeti Art House. Their goal was to engage the community through public art performances and installations. One of the most well-known artworks is Nindityo’s Konde series, which is a vast rattan sculpture in the shape of a Javanese woman’s hairpiece. Nindityo chose this hairpiece to be the center of his practice as a way to explore the gender roles in Javanese and Indonesian culture. His practice looks at this icon in a variety of mediums; from photographs to sculptures to rock carvings and more. 

Through it, he tries to unravel how the male gaze has defined gender roles, particularly in limiting a woman’s space in society. In "Portrait of a Javanese Man," we see the hairpiece obscuring the identity of a male figure beneath. It calls attention to the relationship between the man and what is deemed a feminine symbol, and each identity being in inextricably linked and defined by each other. 

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Hiding Rituals and the Mass Production II. 1997-1998. Image from Singapore's National Art Museum.

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