I N T H E P U B LI C DO M AI N : P R I N T S B Y D A D A N G CHR I S T A N T O I N T H E CHAR L E S D AR W I N U N I V E R S I T Y AR T C O L L E C T I O N – TAASA Review March 2016
Joanna Barrkman O ne recent acquisition to the Charles Darwin University Art Collection is a limited edition print created in 2003 by Dadang Christanto during a period when he lectured in Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University, Darwin (1999-2003). In keeping with Christanto’s artistic practice, in which he revisits scenes of terrible crimes, this untitled print was his response to the horrific Bali bombing in 2002 that killed 202 people, shocking both Balinese and Australians alike.
The intensity of the thick, pointed black lines etched in the foreground conveys something of the destructive explosion of the bomb when detonated.
The dismembered bodies scatter and eerily float in mid-air...