Astari: Hers

Reprinted from C-Arts Magazine (Sept 2008) 

The goal keeper’s leap is fantastic, with sheer joy emanating from every gesture in her body, her face rapturous. The goal keeper’s goal, the ball she’s jumping for-to save, to catch, to keep-is a pink handbag.

For her July 27th solo show, as part of the exhibition titled His and Hers, Astari presents ten pieces in the long gallery space at Vanessa Art Link in Beijing. (In a separate space, Pintor Sirait presents his work.) Perhaps fittingly for an artist who has moved through and beyond issues like the role of women and traditional Javanese culture to a more general-but still personal-openness and questioning, Astari does not address just Hers. Rather, she deals with His too.

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