Apart from the major religions, parts of our traditions these days are deeply rooted in the beliefs of mythology, legend, animism, and folklore; a body of culture shared by a particular group of people, mainly passed through word of mouth. It reflects on the magical and mysterious, with transmission as a vital part of its being. Folkloristics, as the name suggests, is a group exhibition based on the study of folklore in the present age.
Folkloristics focuses on contemporary artists whose works make references and/or are influenced by the myths of folklore, addressing issues that stem from the desire to question those areas that cannot be figured out by science or reason. Yet, they encompass common traditions to a culture, subculture, or group; discussing values that we once respected. This also leads us to question whether such values have been forgotten. Folkloristics approaches the present age of uncertainty and confusion as an attempt to rethink human existence and our surroundings with pure curiosity, flexibility, and imagination, without the limiting influence of existing structures and ideas.
The Flag's Carrier, Heri Dono, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery