Valueing Being Present Through the Sari-Sari Exhibition

Tempa, a collaborative duo comprising Putud Utama and Rara Kuastra, invites us to a journey of exploration and harmony through their latest solo exhibition, Sari-Sari. In this exhibition, Tempa raises profound questions around the concept of home, as a physical structure, a birthplace, or beloved individuals. In their creative process, Tempa resurrects everyday objects found around the house, from ornamental plants to plastic chairs, teapots to trinkets, forming an evolving narrative. This exploration yields an understanding that the quest for harmony arises from questioning the true meaning of home.

Behind Sari-Sari lies the essence of harmoniously blended life fragments. Through paintings and installations, Tempa explores the complex relationship between mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In the series Congratulations To You… and Small Things Matter, Tempa depicts the complexity of human thoughts. This idea is symbolized by human heads adorned with elements of plants and everyday objects. These works serve as reminders of the importance of nurturing the mind, finding happiness and balance in daily activities.


Furthermore, the exhibition features Tempa's Cosmic Patterns series, which delves into the unseen yet clearly felt connections around us. Through a modular approach, with deconstruction and asymmetry, Tempa brings together different elements into a cohesive whole. Like assembling fragments of a painting, each piece in Cosmic Patterns symbolizes the interconnectedness of life events.

Sari-Sari offers a unique opportunity to contemplate the present moment and examine the interconnection of our experiences. This exhibition takes place at Rachel Gallery from March 16 to April 28, 2024.

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Alessandra Langit

Alessandra Langit is a writer with seven years of diverse media experience. She loves exploring the quirks of girlhood through her visual art and reposting Kafka’s diary entries at night.