"Liberty, Femina, Keluarga..."
Cecilia’s work is often inspired by the exploration of concepts and imagery used in media and advertising and how they influence the development of an individual’s image and identity. In ‘Liberty, Femina, Keluarga’, she explores the representa- tion of Indonesian women in the media through an in-depth study of three Indonesian magazine covers selected from issues published in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Each selected magazine cover is reproduced through the artist’s eyes in a series of paintings exploring the link between the title of the magazine versus the image chosen for the front cover. In Liberty’, Cecilia explores the concept of freedom; in ‘Femina’, femininity and in ‘Keluarga’, family.
Cecilia’s exploration began in 2012 when she received a scholarship through Darmasiswa offering her the opportunity to live in Surakarta and immerse herself in traditional Javanese arts. Inspired by the use of the jilbab, worn by many young Muslim women in Sukarta and across Java, Cecilia began researching the history and lifestyle of contemporary Javanese women including the development of their identity through printed media. With the help of magazine collector Kemala Atmojo and her research at the Monumen Persi archives in Sukarta, Cecilia developed and compiled fascinating material to depict her new series of paintings focusing on the representation of Indonesian women’s imagery in fashion magazines in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Through her carefully chosen subject and presentation, Cecilia asks viewers to question the position of Indonesian women in the past along with its relevance in present day.
Cecilia Collantes is a Peruvian born visual and performance artist .
Through her work, she discusses and emphasizes social signs or symbols that pertain to the contemporary individual’s self construction, identity, culture and rituals of the modern times.
Her performance work often refers to ritualistic practices of ancient cultures linked to memories of her home country in Perú, focusing often in the contemplation of landscapes,the archaeological work and the interpretation of evidences for the reconstruction of history .
She received her education in fine arts and performance at the University of the Arts in Berlin and Universidad Católica in Lima cities where she was also trained as a contemporary dancer.
She has exhibited her work in Germany, Perú, Indonesia,Thailand and the United States.