In the middle of preparing Batik Day, I surprised with the event of batik exhibition. I was preparing to hold a celebration of Batik Day which planned to hold October 2010, then Batik of Java – poetics & politics came along on early July. Caloundra Regional Gallery presented a series of batik exhibition in regard the recognition of Javanese batik as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 2 October 2009 by UNESCO.
The concept of celebration by bringing together two batik collections: Batik collections from North Coast of Java and valuable paintings which is expressing the memory and loss about batik collections belong to the mother of well-known artist Dadang Christanto. The selection of batiks from private collection of Greg Roberts and Ian Reed.
The exhibition concept has been realized by Curator Dr Maria Wronska-Friend who is an internationally respected expert on Indonesian textiles. She held the floor talk on Thursday 8 July 2010. It is an honour for me as a local Indonesian has the opportunity to join.
On Saturday 10 July 2010, the exhibition opened by Professor Amareswar Galla who works as University of Queensland & Covener, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development (UNESCO Project).
This exhibition travels to Artspace in Mackay, Per Tucker Regional Gallery-Townsville, Dogwood Crossing@Miles and Noosa Regional Gallery.