A Little Box of Imagination
• [Alpha Daya] Karang Yo Bocah, a group exhibition by CB31 ArtSpace
GIVE me a pencil and a Math book, and I will hide behind my blanket pretending I’m having a stomach ache. Give me a pencil and a blank paper, and I will present my wonderful unlimited imagination.
That’s my parable regarding a children’s life. A life that most of adults assume that this ‘little creature’ are know nothing, and unable to do anything but a mess. Nevertheless, children are able to create anything, have a grand imagination, and spill it through they work, as they call it toys and drawings. And if they failed, its nothing matter at all. They’re just kids. And if they parents got fury because the wall in entire house full with their ‘mural’, its nothing matter as well, they’re just kids. According to ‘a little creature with big imagination’, CB31 ArtSpace Semarang presented their very first exhibition, with the very first works been published. It was called Alpha Daya; “Karang Yo Bocah” (It’s Just Kids).
This 3 days in a row small show with huge sense, had the opening at April 18th. Involved 11 young artists; Annisa Rizkiana Rahmasari, Andi ‘Kartun’ Pratomo, Eriko Julian Eka Putra, Fahmi Yudhantoro, Fariza Khumaedi, Firman Ferdiansyah, Garna Raditya, Mochammad Ilham, Nugroho Ardhi Setiawan, Puthut Aldoko Wilis and Rengganis Puspita Resi.
The most interesting thing about this warm-independent-collective-collaboration-togetherness show, is the crowd funding activity to succeed it. And this kind of thing was the very first too, in Semarang. They gave some nominally choices with various benefit for those who wanted to donate their money. So people could choose how much money they want to donate for this art of thing.
Speaking about the works, of course it was represent what kids see amongst their world. “Alpha” refers to “beginning”, and “Daya” refers to “power”. So, this group exhibition considered as a power to move and create something, drive all energy and ability for a good start. Yes, their job was a good damn start. If society consider theirs as ‘failed’, well, they’re just kids, anyway.
*photographed by: me