In May-June 2009, Eko Nugroho was artist in residence in Vaulx-en-Velin, as part of the Biennale’s Veduta programme. His work with young people from the neighbourhood resulted in the 45-minute stage work The "Rainbow under the Stone": drawing on questions put by his collaborators – about identity, social marginality, precarity, love, hope – he wrote dialogues (with the invaluable assistance of Nième Cie’s Claire Truche), created silhouettes and puppets, and invited DJs, rappers and hip-hop dancers. The work premiered and was filmed on 18 June 2009 in the outdoor theatre in Vaulx-en-Velin. Nugroho’s shadow theatre combines tales from the East and the social reality of the West with the Lyon folk figure Guignol and "Wayang Kulit", the traditional puppet theatre of the artist’s native Yogyakarta. "In Indonesia", he says, "the Wayang Kulit" characters are each destined for a specific role. The characters I created with the community in Vaulx-en-Velin are free to take on many roles: good, evil, lighthearted or severe. In many respects I also hope that one day the people of Vaulx-en-Velin will be able to break with external perceptions and stereotypes and so become masters of their own destiny."
With the special support of Caisse d’Epargne Rhône Alpes, official partner of the Biennale de Lyon 2009.
Born in 1977 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he lives and works.
Eko Nugroho is active in a host of media: murals, videos, fanzines, comics, collages, and also embroideries, whose technical prowess and humorous, surrealistic imagery are deeply rooted in Indonesian counter-culture. The artist creates most of his works in public; they often take the form of group murals painted on vacant, unclaimed buildings. In residence in the Carré de Soie district of Vaulx-en-Velin, Nugroho will create a puppet show with local youths. He will also produce a monumental mural on the facade of La Sucrière.
Les oeuvres exposées :
Cut the Montain and Let It Fly
L’Arc-en-ciel sous la pierre
The Biennale of Lyon is a Les Biennales de Lyon event