About the Project
Bandung is a city in West Java well known for many specialties. Its specialties are the local wisdom shaped by the customs of the society, to name a few, the outfit, the foods, and the football sports. This wisdom is inseparable from the idea of “kameumeut” towards its own culture, which in Sundanese means a deep loving feeling towards someone or something.
Bandung is incomplete without its local football club, PERSIB. The existence of PERSIB is essential for Bandung since the inception. Throughout the journey, PERSIB is prominent for their supporters’ loyalty. The name speaks for itself; the supporters, or known as Bobotoh, literally means supporter in Sundanese. Public identifies bobotoh for their fierce character. They are notorious dubbed as violent mischiefs for the countless brawls they have with the opponents’ supporter. The violent character of Bobotoh reflects the fanatics idea of Kameumeut. For the people of Bandung, showing their support for PERSIB is more than just a mere slogan; it is a passion passed down for generations.
The idea Widi brings is Kameumeut, or deep loving feeling in relation to memory, feeling, and experience living around PERSIB. Through the technique of triptych painting and super zoom, the idea of Kameumeut will be embodied in an abstract visual, which cannot be verbally defined, but yet, can be felt. Center to this work is the chaotic forms of the triptych acrylic painting on canvas, the pieces of which represents fragments of Widi’s memory, feeling, and experience related to PERSIB throughout his life.
On his last painting, the idea was derived from his bodily experience while he was enjoying arts in various forms. This event is crystalized after he comprehended Quranic verse Al Baqara 216, saying “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you, and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you.” In Widi’s interpretation, this means balance between the good and bad in life.
Widi interprets the spirit of balance more than an equal value or weight; it means wisdom and justice to take everything proportionally. The balance Widi brings in (his artistic practice) attempts to show us every matter comprehensively, with neither prejudice nor hasty judgement.
After all, the idea of balance Widi offers could be seen as an implementation of a thorough understanding in the daily life. Through artistic appropriation, Widi takes minor parts from the works of (canonical) artists and magnifies them. Van Gogh’s Vista de Paris Desde Montmarte and Rothko’s Dark Over Light Earth / Violet and Yellow in Rose are two works Widi appropriated. He juxtaposed the dynamic color of van Gogh’s with the flat and minimalistic vibe in Rothko’s. The juxtaposition of the contrast difference between these two brings new impression of balance and harmoni. These very idea and style are the foundation of Widi’s artistic practice, which he will further explore in the future.
Widi Wardani is an artist born and raised in Bandung. Since he was a kid, Widi’s life has never been distant from Bobotoh and their movement. Widi’s grandfather is a former player of PERSIB, who always took him to watch and support the team since he was a toddler. The custom taught by his grandparents has contributed to Widi’s love for PERSIB as one of the most important parts of his life. Widi’s idea of Kameumeut has inspired him to render it into an artwork.